Miruts Yifter


Miruts Yifter
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Olympic Games 1980 - 5000 m: Suleiman Nyambui (649), Miruts Yifter (191), Kaarlo Maaninka (208)
Competitor for  Ethiopia
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Moscow 5000 metres
Gold 1980 Moscow 10,000 metres
Bronze 1972 Munich 10,000 metres
All-Africa Games
Gold 1973 Lagos 10,000 metres
Silver 1973 Lagos 5000 metres
IAAF World Cup
Gold 1977 Düsseldorf 5000 metres
Gold 1977 Düsseldorf 10,000 metres
Gold 1979 Montreal 5000 metres
Gold 1979 Montreal 10,000 metres

Miruts Yifter (Amharic: ምሩፅ ይፍጠር) (b. on May 15, 1944)[1][2] is a former Ethiopian athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. His name is also sometimes spelled as Muruse Yefter.

Born in Adigrat, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, 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 was called to the Ethiopian national team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, but he made his Olympic debut four years later in Munich Olympics where he won a bronze medal in 10,000 metres. However, he arrived too late for the 5000 metres final.

In the 1973 All-Africa Games he won one gold medal (10,000 m) and one silver (5000 m). At the 1st African Championships in 1979 he won two gold medals (5000 and 10,000 metres).

Yifter was unable to participate in the 1976 Summer Olympics, because his nation boycotted the event. Four years later in Moscow, Yifter made up for his disappointments. In the final of the 10,000 m he sprinted into the lead 300 m from the finish and won by ten metres. Five days later, in the 5000 m final, Yifter was boxed in during the last lap. But with 300 m to go, his Ethiopian teammate, Mohamed Kedir, stepped aside and Yifter again sprinted to victory. Due to his abrupt change in speed when executing his kick to the finish, Yifter is commonly referred to as "Yifter the Shifter."

At Coamo, Puerto Rico on February 6, 1977, Yifter ran a World Best for the half-marathon of 1:02:57.

At the Moscow Olympics, part of the mystery surrounding 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.

The most common versions about his date of birth are January 1, 1938 or May 15, 1944 (see IAAF Profile).

Yifter 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.

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ethiopia
1979 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 5000 m 14:14.0
1st 10,000 m 29:08.0

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Costa Rica Juan Rafael Pérez
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
1977
Succeeded by
England Tony Simmons
Preceded by
Tanzania Suleiman Nyambui
Men's 5,000 m Best Year Performance
1980
Succeeded by
Kenya Henry Rono



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