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Miruts Yifter

Full name: Miruts Yifter
Original name: ምሩጽ ይፍጠር
Other name(s): Muruse Yefter
Nickname(s): Yifter the Shifter
Gender: Male
Height: 5'4" (162 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: May 15, 1944 in Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
Country: ETH Ethiopia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Miruts Yifter spent early parts of his youth working in different factories and as a carriage driver. His talent as a long-distance runner was noticed when he joined the Ethiopian Air Force. Yifter made his Olympic début at the Munich Olympics where he won a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres and also qualified for the 5K final, but arrived too late to the stadium and missed the race. He was unable to participate at the 1976 Olympics because his nation boycotted but, four years later in Moscow, Yifter made up for his disappointments. In the final of the 10,000 he sprinted into the lead 300 metres from the finish and won by ten metres. Five days later, in the 5,000 final, Yifter was boxed in during the last lap. With 300 metres to go, however, his Ethiopian teammate Mohamed Kedir stepped aside and Yifter again sprinted to victory. In addition to his Olympic medals, Yifter won 10K gold and 5K silver at the 1973 All-African Games and won both the 5 and 10K at the inaugural African Championships in 1979. Yifter continued to compete into the early 1980s, running on Ethiopia's gold medal winning team at the 1982 and 1983 International Cross-Country Championships, and in the 1990s he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as an athletics coach.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:13.82 (1977); 10000 – 27:40.96 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 3 Bronze
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 1 Gold
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Ethiopia ETH 1 Gold

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Ethiopia Final 1 13:21,0 13:20.91
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Ethiopia Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 13:40.0 13:39.93
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Ethiopia Round One Heat One 1 QU 13:44.4 13:44.31

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) T(H)
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Ethiopia Final 3 27:40.96
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Ethiopia Round One Heat Three 1 QU 28:18.11
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Ethiopia Final 1 27:42.69 27:42.7
1980 Summer 36 Moskva Athletics Ethiopia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 28:41.68 28:41.7