5' 9¾" (1.77 m)
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Men of success meet with tragedy. It was the will of God that I won the Olympics, and it was the will of God that I met with my accident. I accepted those victories as I accepted this tragedy. I have to accept both circumstances as facts of life and live happily.
Came from a family of farmers and was member of the Imperial Guard member of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
before succeeding in military competitions. After his victory in Rome, Selassie offered him a car, an apartment, and a pension for the rest of his life. However, when rebellion arose in the Emperor's Palace, all the Guard were killed. Abebe Bikila escaped from death thanks to the Emperor's...