This years Summer Olympics was held in Rome, Italy
from August 25 - September 11, in 1960. Running barefoot, the Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila did not go unnoticed when he entered the marathon. He refused to be daunted by condescending remarks, however, leaving all his opponents behind and crossing the finishing line victorious under Constantine's triumphal arch. In doing so, he became the first Black African Olympic champion.