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Abebe Bikila's Jersey
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Origin

Abebe Bikila

Type

Jersey

Effects

Grants heightened speed

Downsides

If going faster than 12 mph, will be unable to stop

Activation

Wearing/Running

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Olympia-776BC

Aisle

88945-735

Shelf

71085-8763-485

Date of Collection

November 1979

[Source]


OriginEdit

Bikila was an Ethiopian athlete who participated in and won the 1960 Summer Olympic gold medal for the marathon. As a last-minute addition to the team, Abebe Bikila received a pair of running shoes from the sponsor Adidas that did not fit him. He decided to run the marathon barefoot, just the way he trained back in his home country. Despite his unheard of lack of footwear, the athlete won with a record time of 2:15:16.2. As such, he was also the first Sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Bikila went on to the 1964 Summer Olympic games after only just recovering from appendicitis and was not expected to compete. Nevertheless, Bikila entered and to the amazement of the stadium, won the marathon with a new record time: 2:12:11.2.

CollectionEdit

Processing

EffectsEdit

Wearing the jersey allows the user to run remarkably fast. While it is uncertain what the maximum speed of this artifact is, it is at the peak range of human ability.  The key downside to the jersey is that when the artifact reaches a speed of ~5.4 m/s or 12 mph, the person will be unable to stop.

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