Miruts Yifter

Miruts Yifter

Birth
Ethiopia
Death 23 Dec 2016 (aged 72)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial
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Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia
Memorial ID 174313577 · View Source
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Olympic Gold Medalist. He was a long distance runner who won gold medals in both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters events at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He 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. He was called to the Ethiopian national team for the 1968 Summer Olympics, but his actual debut came four years later in Munich where he won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters. He wasn't able to participate in the 1976 Olympics because his country boycotted the event. Four years later at the 1980 Summer Olympics, he not only captured gold in the 10,000 meters event, but also in the 5,000 meters event as well. During his athletic career, he also captured gold at the All-Africa Games (1973, 10,000 meters), African Championships (1979,5,000 and 10,000 meters), and the IAAF World Cup (1977, 5,000 and 10,000 meters) (1979, 5,000 and 10,000 meters). He continued to compete into the early 1980s, running on Ethiopia's gold medal winning team at the 1982 and 1983 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 23 Dec 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 174313577
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Miruts Yifter (15 May 1944–23 Dec 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174313577, citing Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Chartered City, Ethiopia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .