Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian long distance runner, Died at 72


Miruts Yifter was born on May 15, 1944, in Adigrat, and died on December 23, 2016, in Canada.

He was a former Ethiopian athlete.

He was the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Yifter’s date of birth is often given as May 15, 1944, though there is some uncertainty about this. His name is also sometimes spelled as Muruse Yefter.

Yifter spent early parts of his youth working in different factories and as a carriage driver.

Yifter talent as a long-distance runner was noticed when he joined the Ethiopian Air Force.

Miruts Yifter passed away at 72 years old.