What amazing stunts can top athletes make?

When the men’s marathon of the 1960 Rome Olympic Games was about to begin, there was a burst of laughter from the audience, and it was discovered that there was a black athlete on the starting line without shoes. However, after the start of the game, this little-known, thin African man ran fast, leading all the athletes. Anyone who has run a long-distance race understands that leading a race is a very detrimental thing. It takes a lot of physical effort. You also need to grasp the rhythm and speed yourself. Therefore, athletes who want to get a good ranking will usually follow behind at the beginning to save energy. The leading athletes often cannot have the last laugh.

Therefore, when the commentator mentions his name, not many people pay attention to him seriously. Everyone is a mocking attitude: boy, you are really stupid, and you will be thrown off later. However, this black player is so eye-catching, it is impossible not to pay attention to him. Under the light, his dark body moved quickly, flashing and shining. Yes, he has been leading the way, who is thought to be surpassed soon. After 40 kilometers, he began to accelerate, 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters... He left the other athletes far behind. Finally, he took the lead in completing the game with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. This result not only broke the world record, but also raised the original Olympic record by nearly eight minutes. Ethiopia's national anthem was also played in the Olympic Games for the first time.

This African athlete is Abebe Bikila, because he did not wear shoes when running, he was also called the "Barefoot Fairy". And all of this happened in the 42-kilometer marathon with full lead and barefoot.

Abebe became the first athlete in African history to win the Olympic championship on behalf of his motherland. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the national anthem of Ethiopia was played. The Olympic gold medal won by Abebe was the first Olympic medal won by a black African athlete, and it was a new era for black athletes in international competitions. He confirmed the beginning of the leading position of African athletes in long-distance running. When he returned to his motherland, he received no less welcome than the scene when Ethiopia was liberated from the Italian invaders in 1941. Tens of thousands of people were greeted by the crowd. Serahi I personally hosted a banquet to meet him and announced a national holiday. Three days to celebrate.

Later, Abebe served in the army and disappeared from people's sight. Many people think that he has retired as well. As a result, two and a half months before the start of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Abebe suddenly appeared in the Ethiopian Olympic qualifiers and achieved good results. Everyone began to look forward to his performance in Tokyo. However, unexpected events occurred. In September 1964, Abebe had an appendectomy, which was less than 6 weeks before the opening of the Olympic Games. It is said that when he arrived in Tokyo, Abebe was not even able to walk normally, and during this period of time, he did not have any professional training. Although everyone likes Abebe very much, no one expects him to get good results. For fans, as long as he can appear in the Olympics to complete the game, they are already very happy.

On October 21, 1964, Abebe Bikila stood on the starting line of the marathon with athletes from other countries. The difference from the last time is that this time he put on his shoes, and he ran at the end. After 5 kilometers, he ran to eighth place. After 7 kilometers, he started to take the lead. After 16 kilometers, the players behind him can barely see him. ...2 hours, 12 minutes, 11 seconds2, he once again set an Olympic record and a world record, becoming the first athlete in the history of the Olympic Games to win two marathon gold medals. The second place was four minutes behind him. "After Abebe reached the finish line, he wandered to the lawn and started doing free exercises. His move stunned the audience. They laughed for a while, and then looked at the great marathon runner with admiration. Performing without fatigue."

All this happened when he entered the army and lacked training, had his appendix removed before the game, and had difficulty walking normally at the opening of the Olympic Games. However, the story did not end at his most glorious time.

In 1969, Bikila was seriously injured in a car accident. Although his life was saved, he lost his legs. Since then, Abebe Bikila has relied on a wheelchair to travel. But he did not lose confidence in life. "If God allows, I will participate in the competition." Later, he really participated in the competition, with amazing perseverance to participate in the archery competition of the International Paralympic Games held in Oslo, Norway, once again won the honor for the motherland.

On October 25, 1973, Abebe Bikila died at the age of 41. The Ethiopian government held a grand memorial service for the national hero. As many as 70,000 people attended the funeral.

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