Mamo WOLDE

Ethiopia ETH

Athletics

  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Melbourne 1956
  • Year of Birth
    1932
Olympic Results

Biography

Mamo WOLDE

Mamo Wolde first ran in the Olympics in 1956 for Ethiopia and competed in Olympic track & field over every distance from 400 metres thru the marathon. Starting as a middle-distance runner, he competed in the 800 and 1500 in 1956, and also ran the 4×400 relay for Ethiopia that year. But he became better known as a distance runner and marathoner, winning a 10K silver medal in 1968 and succeeding his countryman, Abebe Bikila as marathon champion that year.

A hero in his native country, Wolde's life was spared in the 80s when Mengistu Haile Mariam began a Marxist dictatorship and killed 1,000s of Ethiopians, saving Wolde because of his fame. But Mariam was ousted in 1991, and in 1993, Mariam sympathizers were imprisoned and Wolde was considered among them. He was accused of killing a 15-year-old boy. Wolde was an Army officer and related that another officer killed the boy, but that he was told to fire a second bullet to finish the job, only to fire and miss on purpose. Wolde remained imprisoned for six years, despite several legal efforts, and a campaign among world-wide Olympians to have him freed. He died of chronic liver problems only two years after being released from prison.

Personal Bests: 400 – unknown; 800 – unknown; 1500 – unknown; 5000 – 13:38.8 (1967); 10000 – 28:31.8 (1964); Mar – 2-15.09 (1972).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

#3
Marathon
Marathon Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

#3 h1 r1/2
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics
#2
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
#1
Marathon
Marathon Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 1964

#4
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
#AC
Marathon
Marathon Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

#7 h1 r1/3
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
#11 h1 r1/2
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
#5 h3 r1/2
4 x 400 metres Relay
4 x 400 metres Relay Athletics