Ethiopian long-distance runner who won the marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico.
He enlisted in the Imperial Bodyguard in 1951 and journeyed to Korea as a peacekeeper in 1953, serving in that capacity until 1955.
He came in fourth in the infamous 10,000-meters competition at the 1964 Summer Olympics, which was won by the U.S.'s Billy Mills.
He was born into an Oromo family, a prominent, powerful ethnic group in Ethiopia.
His first Olympic competition was in 1956, but he was not in the 1960 games where Abebe Bikila became the first Ethiopian gold medalist.