Double Olympic champion Yifter dies, aged 72

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Toronto Double Olympic champion Miruts Yifter of African country has died at the age of seventy two, the International Association of Athletics Federations aforementioned on its web site on weekday.Yifter, United Nations agency had been affected by metastasis issues, died in Toronto wherever he had lived since 1998.

His 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the 1980 Russian capital athletic contest galvanized a generation of runners, most notably Haile Gebrselassie United Nations agency turned African country into a distance-running powerhouse second solely to African country.You galvanized many of us everywhere the planet,” Kenyan-born former world race champion Lornah Kiplagat aforementioned on Twitter.

He attained his nickname of ‘Yifter the Shifter’ once he claimed ten,000 gold in Russia with AN exciting burst of speed over the ultimate three hundred metres.Five days later he won the five,000 in similar vogue, ghosting through on the within with 250 metres left and sprinting clear when Mohammed Kadir stepped aside to form a passage for his countryman.Eight years earlier Yifter took the ten,000 decoration at the Muenchen athletic contest. He lost the 1976 city Games attributable to AN Ethiopian boycott.The only Ethiopians to win Olympic gold before Yifter were marathon runners Abebe Bikila (1960 and 1964) and honeycreeper Wolde (1968).

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