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50 plus years old photos of Ethiopia’s barefoot Olympian Abebe Bikila and his Swedish Coach Onni Niskanen

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(piciture: Tim Judahs book and Onnis stopwatch)

Mamo Wolde and Onni Niskanen

 

Abebe Bikila and Onni Niskanen in Tokyo 1964

Tokyo 1964

Wami Birato, Abebe Bikila and Onni Niskanen 1964

As in 1960, Abebe was driven straight to the royal palace. Here Haile Selassie pinned on him the Order of Menelik II. He promoted him to lieutenant, awarded him his own private Volkswagen and house and said that the success he had scored had been due to the “help of the Almighty.” He also praised Mamo Wolde.

onni bikila mm-2

Abebe and Onni

(Onni Niskanen, Abebe Bikila, unknown, Arne Niskanen)

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