Derara Hurisa’s powerful surge to the finish on borrowed shoes at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020 pointed to the distance Ethiopian long-distance running has travelled from the days of barefoot Olympic champion Abebe Bikila. The latter covered the cobbled Rome roads on bare feet hardened by military training and was timed at 2:15:16, which became the Olympic record in 1960 (bettering Emil Zatopek’s mark). It was also his debut run on the seafront route, emerging a clear winner among 70 elite men marathoners listed (improving on Gideon Kipkieter’s 2016 record). The business of road running, as Tokyo 2020 approaches this year, demands more commitment from sensations like Hurisa than just winning. Did the shoe make a difference over a distance made famous across Africa by barefoot marathon legend Bikila?
Source: Ethiopian News January 21, 2020 14:37 UTC