Neighbourhood Film Project presents – The Athlete
Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Road, Bradford, BD7 1AA – FREE 6.30pm
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal, and four years later in Tokyo would become the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd would be acknowledged by many as the greatest long distance runner the world had ever known.