Abebe Bikila as a poster boy

I find this one really interesting. You often see Abebe Bikila held up as a poster boy by those who like to promote barefoot running. They point out that he won the 1960 Rome Olympic Games Marathon and the gold medal and he did this running barefoot. What they don’t often mention is that four years later he again won the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon and the gold medal and this time he ran faster breaking the world record, but he did it in shoes. I would have thought that that is evidence that running in shoes is better than running barefoot, yet you see him widely held up as the poster boy for the barefoot running movement. I just can’t figure that one out

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