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Ethiopia: Abebe Bikila honoured with a Google Doodle
Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikila, who was also the first sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal, has been honoured with his very own Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been his 81st birthday today. Bikila passed away at the age of 41 in 1973, and was proclaimed an Ethiopian national hero
Bikila beat competitors in the 1960 Summer Olympics marathon, barefoot - the way he had trained for the race. He won in record time, finishing 25 seconds ahead of race rival, Rhadi.
In 1964, he made history again, breaking the world record for the marathon, coming in at four minutes and eight seconds in front of the silver medallist. He was the first athlete in history to win the Olympic marathon twice.
"I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination", he said.
Abebe Bikila's Google Doodle was targeted at visitors from the following countries: Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Togo, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda, Gabon, Mozambique, Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Niger, Malawi, Zambia, Nigeria. Google should have made it Global
Great OROMIAN runner who was assassinated by H/Selassie.
Let your soul rest in peace.
Watching Abebe Bikila in black and white slow motion in Japan’s national tv in late 80 makes me how proud one true and pure Ethiopia made us. The Japanese thought their athletics from his every step in slow motion where they studied in years ever single inch how he put his feet on ground,how he lift them and so on… They say, he never put all his energy on ground but he is like a bird who touch the ground and lift it in less than a second. They even say he never land his all feet on ground but his forth feet touch while flying like a bird with the other one. Japanese has now many women runners who followed his step. Try to watch it if you can…
Abebe is a legend of Ethiopian unity.
to all 1 thing that I always love to heard and see this great athletes always deeply love Ethiopia always they love to see Ethiopia on top .
well // can our leadership learn few thing so. instead of cut of the sea port . Ethiopia natural sea accesses that never ever was part of Eretria.
but they fight for bademe and wipe out thousands of men .
to me if they thought long term peace they should deal with Eritrea regarding our historical sea port of assab .
let me get back to my original point abebe or kenenesa or tirunesh all this great Ethiopian hero die hard for the mother land regardless tribe issue .
but when we watch to close woyane is trying to distract Ethiopia vary systematical way . people don’t watch all propaganda that all over Ethiopia open your eye Ethiopians million million dollar is located out of the country
the real state in Ethiopia under control of woyane strong gang group the poor Ethiopians like ermias tekel amalga and few other Ethiopians they get kicked out of the field for no reason few other go to jail by woyane orchestrated game the truth is keep on coming out every day . the great news is the world already knows the woyane administration huge human right abuse and lie in front of the world again our greatest hero never die their great name stay in every Ethiopians heart
I run 10 miles every other day while I’m running some white men will come behind me and try to take off in front of me at that moment I always remember Abebe Bikila, I will say to myself don’t let him down. May God bless your soul, you did your part making Ethiopia proud in world stage
He was an icon.His name sounds oromo.If it is,he was proud Ethiopian first,and proud oromo second.He will always be remembered an Ethiopian hero.
Abebe Bikila was a GREAT ETHIOPIAN.
He was a family friend. He was humble and showed respect to everyone. He helped the poor.
I remember sadly when he had an accident driving around ‘Eri Bekentu’ he got out without a scratch.
RIP Our friend.
UNLIKE SOME FOREVER DEDEB HUMANS, HE PROVED HIS GREATNESS BY HIS ACHIEVEMENTS, NOT BY BLUBBERING ABOUT ETHNIC GARBAGE.
HE WAS AN OFFICER IN ROYAL GUARD REGIMENT, AND DOUBLE OLYMPIC CHAMPION!
Abe you remain for ever into our Heart and Soul .What a GREAT GUY you were for accomplishing such a tremendous action .Making wave our National Flag and hear the National Anthem in the same place where 24 years Ago that the Facist Musolini
was making his evil speech .Unfortunatly today insulted by the own descendants of Musolini Bandas and Clerks as a cheat of
cloth and Ethiopian Peoples History as only a century Fairytales created by Menelike and the Amharas .GOD BLESS YOU FOR EVER !!!!
SHAME ON THE AGAZI BANDITS ,TIGRE MAFIOSIS AND ADERBY BANDAS !!!!!
@ ewenetu yewta go to hell with your lie hailesselasi love this man the day he die the king was .just arrive from over sea . abebe get invited to the palace . with all his family and mr abeselom owner of Samson bakery 4 kilo .and of course he get award .
and hailesselasi order for promotion in rank as well by the time the imperial body guard high rank commanding officer was general debebe hailemariam .and his son was my best friend name is mesfin we use to ride horse @ jan meda by swimming pool. where the Ethiopian timket celebrate .
and he use to have volks wagon car. one night he was in the bar get drunk later that night .when he left the local establishment. he get rob and .hurt he spend few hour on the spot before they tool him with ambulance . after all that injury lead him to his death.
even the robbers got cut immediately they took them to 3rd police station by the time the police commander was general abera ayana. the robber was just local job less group of 3 confess the crime to ledeta court .
I had a Japanese roommate while in college. When her grand mother herd I was an Ethiopian She wanted to meet me. The firs thing she said was Abebe Bikila.She spoke highly of him. She said she was among the people who watched him run bare foot on the street of Tokyo. All these years later, she talked about him with excitement and great admiration. This was in the mid 90’s . I was proud of him before but that day I realized how extra ordinary thing he had done for us Ethiopians. I wish we put a big statue of Abebe Bikila in the middle of Addis Ababa. And name some of the avenues in his name . He deserves More than that.
It is a pity, that our own country do not honour its citizens who put Ethiopias name on a world map with dignity. But others gave Honourable Abebe Bikila a platform to put his name on a historical and membrable place. we need to honour our heros, aside any tribal difference and lets do the honourable thing.Please watch the Wimbildon Open for the 2013 the opening ceremony, how they begin the ceremony by naming and cheering their Olympic and Paraolympic heros. Lets give respect to our heros, sportspersons, singers, Korean and other veterans and even for that matter Col Mengistu H/Mariam for beliveing in Ethiopia’s unity despite its unwise war. We need to respect our heros, asiding favoritism in tribal belonging.
Ewunetu Yewta ,because you want the Naked Truth concerning this Great Hero .Abebe Bikila own mother did testefy in 1951 that the real Father of her son was not Ato Bikila .But another man called Demisse .Once a Time ,being in qjarell with her husband she went to live with the man called ato Demisse .Abebe had taken the name of his step father because of his eldest brother ,who made him engaged in the Imperial Body Gard Army by making him register by Abebe Bikila instead of Abebe Demisse .Even one day he was put in custody because when he was in service at the gate of the First Division Gate
he represented himself to his Commander as Abebe Demisse forgeting he was registered by Bikila .But later fred after the Explaination of his Brother .The question is whether Abe is a pure Amhara or Oromo ,but afterall what really counts that he had never considered himself being from this or that Ethnic Group ,but a Patriotic True Ethiopian .So now you have found out the Truth ,are you going to treat him as Amhara Neftegnia….LOL !!!Afterall Haile had always given him all the Honors that he really deserved .
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