Abebe Bikila was an athlete from Ethiopia who got the gold medal at Rome Olympic games marathon on 10 September 1960 racing without footwear. He became a eleventh hour addition to the Ethiopian team and the coutries footwear provider, Adidas, did not have ample time to get running footwear for him to run in. They had only had a couple of pairs of shoes left, of which neither of them fitted him. Abebe decided he would then run the marathon without athletic shoes. At the following Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan in 1964, he once more got the gold medal in the marathon race, but did it on this occasion using running footwear and also ran it faster. Abebe passed on in 1973 at the age of 41 from problems from a car accident. Abebe Bikila is respected and admired in Ethiopia which has a stadium bearing his name.
Abebe Bikila has a special place in the historical past of marathon running, in particular with those who suggest and publicize barefoot running because they hold him up as substantiation that the marathon race might be run without shoes. Throughout that community Abebe Bikila is worshiped with an just about god like reputation. There has been a craze a while back for taking away running shoes and running barefoot. This fad was powered by a large amount of websites, forums, books as well as social media commentary as something which was helpful and superior for runners. Numerous unsubstantiated promises was created for barefoot running, none of that stood up to subsequent examination. This trend survived a few years, most likely reaching its peak about 2013-14 with most likely about 25 % of runners attempting running barefoot or giving it a go at it in one way or another. The trend fairly quickly went away following most athletes that tried it got an overuse injury or pointed out that this didn't live up to all of the assertions that got devised for it. It has now been banished towards the history books, with only a handful of serious barefoot running enthusiasts still running barefoot.
There is plenty of science published on barefoot running that those who like to promote and endorse barefoot running held these studies up as evidence that barefoot running is better for you. However, the science in no way really indicated that at all and it was usually misinterpreted. All the science demonstrated was that without shoes running was not the same as running in running footwear and that was all.