Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian athlete who got the gold medal at Rome Olympic games marathon on 10 September 1960 running without athletic shoes. He became a eleventh hour inclusion to the Ethiopian team and the coutries footwear provider, Adidas, didn't have enough time to sort out running shoes for him. They had just had a couple of pairs still left, of which neither of them fitted him. Abebe made the decision he would then do the the race without running shoes. For the subsequent Olympic games in Tokyo in 1964, Abebe once again got the gold medal in the marathon race, but achieved it this time wearing running footwear and ran quicker. Abebe Bikila passed away in 1973 at the age of 41 due to issues from a motor vehicle accident. He is honored and admired in his home country having a stadium named after him.
Abebe Bikila carries a unique place in the historical past of marathons, in particular with those who suggest and promote barefoot running since they hold Abebe up as substantiation that a marathon might be run barefoot. Inside that community he is worshiped with an almost god like reputation. There has been a craze a while back for taking away running footwear and running without shoes. This fad was driven by a great deal of websites, message boards, books and social media commentary as something which was valuable and better for runners. Many unsubstantiated statements appeared for barefoot running, none of that stood up to succeeding examination. This gimmick went on for a couple of years, most likely peaking around 2013-14 with possibly about 25 % of athletes attempting it or giving it a go at it in some form. The trend fairly quickly fell away following most runners which tried it got an overuse injury or discovered that it didn't reach all of the assertions that got made for it. It has today been relegated towards the history books, with only a handful of serious barefoot running enthusiasts still running that way.
There was a great deal of science carried out on barefoot running that runners who like to promote and advocate without running shoes running held this research up as evidence that barefoot running was much better. Nevertheless, the studies by no means essentially indicated that at all and was commonly misunderstood. All the science proved has been that barefoot running was not the same as running using running shoes and that was all it showed.