Miruts Yifter is a former Ethiopian athlete – winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia, dies today.
He died today at the age of 73, according to the statement from Ethiopian Government Communications Affairs Office. He is reported suffering from lung complications for a long time, which finally led to his death.
Born in Adigrat, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, 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.