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Did Abebe Bikila run a marathon barefoot?

Abebe Bikila was marathon runner from Ethiopia who got the gold medal at Rome Olympics marathon on 10 September 1960 running without footwear. He was a last minute inclusion to the Ethiopian team and the coutries footwear provider, Adidas, didn't have enough time to get running footwear for him. They had just had a couple of pairs still left, of which neither fitted him. Abebe resolved he would then run the race without athletic shoes. At the subsequent Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, Abebe once more got the gold medal in the marathon race, however did it on this occasion running in running footwear and ran quicker. Abebe Bikila passed on in 1973 at the age of 41 from difficulties after a motor vehicle accident. He is recognized and admired in his home country having a arena bearing his name.

Abebe Bikila has a special place in the history of marathons, especially from those who recommend and publicize barefoot running as they hold Abebe up as substantiation that a marathon may be run without running shoes. In that group Abebe Bikila is an icon by having an almost god like status. There was a fad a while back for doing away with running footwear and running barefoot. This was motivated by way of a lots of internet sites, forums, publications as well as social media discourse as something which was worthwhile and much better for athletes. A great deal of unsubstantiated promises was created for barefoot running, none of that stood up to succeeding critique. This novelty went on for a couple of years, quite possibly reaching its peak close to 2013-14 with possibly about 25 percent of athletes attempting barefoot running or giving it a go at it in some form. The craze easily disappeared when almost all runners whom used it got an overuse injury or observed that it did not reach all of the claims which got stated for it. It has today ended up relegated to the history books, with only a handful of serious barefoot running aficionados still doing it.

There was a great deal of research published on barefoot running that runners who choose to promote and propose without running shoes running held these studies up as evidence that barefoot running was better for you. Nevertheless, the studies by no means really showed that at all and it was frequently misquoted. All the research confirmed has been that barefoot running was different to running in running shoes which was all it showed.