Feyisa Lilesa won a silver medal in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics. With his win, Lilesa became a symbol for many in Ethiopia. He raised his arms to show solidarity for protestors speaking out against the killing of Oromo people in the country. As a result, Lilesa received a special exemption to now live in the United States. He has several other notable accomplishments in running prior to his Olympic triumph. In 2011, he won a World Championship bronze medal. Lilesa won his debut race in 2009 at the Dublin Marathon. He was also victorious at the 2010 Xiamen International Marathon. In the lead-up to the 2016 Games, Lilesa won the Tokyo Marathon.
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