Mamo in Mexico

On this date on October 20th,1968, Ethiopia continued to set world records in the sport of running when its citizen runner Mamo Wolde won the gold medal at the 1968 Mexico city Olympics in the marathon competition. Wolde became the second Ethiopian to successively win a gold medal following the two prior Olympic gold medals won by Abebe Bikila at the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Wolde also earlier in Mexico placed second to grab a silver medal in the 10,000 meter race. Wolde began training to run after serving as a peace keeper for the Ethiopian Imperial army in the post Korean conflict. Wolde would later finish with a bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Wolde’s 1968 gold and silver medal wins may not have had happened when back in April 11, 1967, Ethiopia warned it would boycott the 1968 Olympics following the Olympic Committee’s consideration to lift its ban on South Africa’s participation.. Ethiopia’s threat was followed by 15 fellow African nations in solidarity to protest the South African government’s apartheid regime. The Olympic Committee would later announce it would continue to maintain its ban on South Africa.

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