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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: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: May 15, 1944 in Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
Died: December 22, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Country: ETH Ethiopia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Miruts Yifter's talent as a long-distance runner was only noticed when he joined the Ethiopian Air Force, after spending his youth working in factories and as a carriage driver. Yifter made his Olympic début at the 1972 München Olympics where he won a bronze medal in the 10,000 m. He also qualified for the 5K final, but missed the final when he arrived late to the stadium. He was unable to participate at the 1976 Montréal Olympics when Ethiopia boycotted, but four years later in Moskva, Yifter made up for his disappointments, winning the 5K/10K double by using his punishing sprint to outkick all his competitors.

Besides his Olympic medals, Yifter won the 10,000 m gold and 5,000 m 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 IAAF International Cross-Country Championships. In the 1990s he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as an athletics coach until his death.

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
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