Long-distance runner who became Africa's first black gold medalist after winning marathon gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
He was discovered by athletic trainer Onni Niskanen while living in a small village in Ethiopia.
He won two career Olympic marathon gold medals while running barefoot.
He had four children: Dawit, Tsige, Yetnayet, and Teferia.
He blazed the way for future marathon Olympic gold medalist like Paul Tergat .