Miruts YIFTER

Miruts Yifter - Ethiopia - Double Gold Medals at 1980 Olympic Games.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 27 July 1980

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 15 May 1944
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Tigray, Ethiopia. DIED 22nd December 2016. Aged 72
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Ethiopia
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Miruts YIFTER - Ethiopia - Double Gold Medals at 1980 Olympic Games.

A delighted Miruts is pictured above celebrating as he approaches the finishing line

to take the Gold medal in the final of the 10,000m at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

It completed a magnificent double for the Ethiopian who also took the 5000m Gold.


The actual age of Miruts Yifter is uncertain !  The most common versions of his date of

birth are 1st. January 1938 or 15th.  May 1944.


At the Moscow Olympics  Miruts Yifter was the question of his age, which was reported to be

between 33 and 42. Yifter refused to give a definitive answer, telling reporters:

"Men may steal my chickens; men may steal my sheep. But no man can steal my age."

 

Men's 5,000m. Final.

Olympic Games 1980


1. Miruts YIFTER   ETH   13: 20.91
2. Suleiman NYAMBUI   TAN   13: 21.60
3. Kaarlo MAANINKA   FIN   13: 22.00
4. Eamonn COGHLAN   IRL   13: 22.74
5. Markus RYFFEL   SWI   13: 23.03
6. Dietmar MILLONIG   AUT   13: 23.62
7. John TREACY   IRL   13: 24.10
8. Aleksandr FEDOTKIN   SOV   13: 24.10

 

 

Men's 10,000m. Final.

Olympic Games 1980


1. Miruts YIFTER   ETH   27: 42.69
2. Kaarlo MAANINKA   FIN   27: 44.28
3. Mohammed KEDIR   ETH   27: 44.64
4. Tolossa KOTU   ETH   27: 46.47
5. Lasse VIREN   FIN   27: 50.46
6. Jorg PETER   GDR   28: 05.53
7. Werner SCHILDHAUER   GDR   28: 10.91
8. Enn SELLIK   SOV   28.13.72

 

 

 

1972 Olympic Games Munich.

Men's 10,000m. Final.

Olympic Games 1972


1. Lasse VIREN   FIN   27: 38.4
2. Emiel PUTTEMANS   BEL   27: 39.6
3. Miruts YIFTER   ETH   27: 41.0
4. Mariano Haro CISNEROS   SPA   27: 48.2
5. Frank SHORTER   USA   27: 51.4
6. Dave BEDFORD   GBR   28: 05.4
7. Daniel KORICA   YUG   28: 15.2
8. Abdelkader ZADDEM   TUN   28: 18.2

 

 

Miruts Yifter also won the IAAF World Cup Gold medals as below:


1977 Düsseldorf      5000 metres
1977 Düsseldorf    10,000 metres
1979 Montreal         5000 metres
1979 Montreal       10,000 metres

 

And the 1973 All Africa Games 10,000 metres Gold.

In 1977 he broke the world record for the half marathon.

At the 1st African Championships in 1979 he won two gold medals (5,000 and 10,000 metres).

He died on 22nd December 2016 aged 72 (at least) in Toronto, Ontario where he had lived since 2000.

According to family members, he had been suffering from respiratory problems.