Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning The Olympic gold medal in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became an Olimpic legend. A hero in his own country and the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and four years later in Tokyo, the first person to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many to be the greatest long-distance runner in history. But his life story only began with Olympic medals. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa after training in Ethiopian countryside, fate would present this remarkable champion with his greatest challenge; to dig deep within, not just to run the next mile, but to find the will to live. The race of his life had a new beginning and would lead him to places he could never have imagined.
Cult / minority interest
- The Athlete review by JD
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Essentially the biography of Abebe Bikila. If that is what you want, it is an excellent film. If you want more there is little. I was surprised of the immense importance of this marathon runner who was such a role model and ambassador in and for Ethiopia and indeed Africa.