Abebe Bikila

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates retaining his  Men’s Marathon crown as he crosses the finish line  at Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The greatest of all time. The greatest of all time. Believe me there are a few athletes carved out across several events who are walking away from T(...)

Selemon Barega of team Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the men’s 10,000 metres final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even with countless tales already written into the long annals of Games history there may never be another night of so many firsts, ending here with t(...)

Carissa Moore of Team United States during a practice session at Tsurigaskai Surfing Beach on Thursday, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

CARISSA MOORE Age: 28 Event: Surfing Country: United States Olympic Medals: 0 Surfing is among the four sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo –(...)

A general view inside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo as Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Some Olympic Stadiums strike you first with their sense of place and history. No matter how much you’ve read or heard about it, nothing can fully prep(...)

 Abebe Bikila, who ran barefoot, winning the marathon at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. He defended his marathon title in Tokyo four years later wearing a brand new pair of Puma. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma via Getty Images

All I want for Christmas is a pair of my own two bare feet thank you very much. No need for wrapping paper or the receipt and no danger of getting the(...)

Irish Olympian Willie Dunne. Thursday was the 60th anniversary of the Rome race.

Walking along Dublin’s Parkgate Street one day last Christmas, in what now seems a different world, I spotted a familiar figure approaching on a bicyc(...)

Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila runs barefoot for victory in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games marathon. Photograph:  AFP/AFP/Getty Images

One of the apparent eccentricities of my middle-age is that, whenever conditions allow these days, I have taken to running barefoot in the park. It’s (...)

 The Vaporfly running shoes of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images

The north Dublin suburb of Raheny used to have an ancient holy well. It was called St Anne’s, like the modern-day park there. And it must have been th(...)

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, film still, at the MART Gallery

Freedom of Movement – Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani ★★★ The Mart Gallery What do we think of when we hear the word “race”? In Nina Fischer &(...)

The most important thing to remember when transitioning to barefoot or minimalist running is to build up the mileage slowly

What could be more natural than running barefoot? As Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid makes clear in the July 2017 issue of Psychology Today, running reminds us(...)

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