Young athletes urged to emulate late Miruts's success

02 Jan 2017
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Addis Ababa January  02/2017 Senior athletes have advised hopefuls on the need to emulate the unique running qualities of the late Miruts Yifter who earned the nickname "Yifter the Shifter" for his running qualities.

Athletes who talked to ENA following the passing of the late Miruts said young athletes need to draw lessons from the successes of Ethiopia's running legend.

Recalling the use of Miruts's special running techniques by some Ethiopian athletes, Athlete Dejen Gebremeskel said other athletes need to be familiar with the late athlete’s finishing qualities.

Dejen praised the late Miruts for his great role in Ethiopia's athletics.

He, however, said he does not believe that the athlete received the deserved honor and support in his life time. 

Athlete Arga Mekonnen who runs for the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia also commended Miruts's track success as exemplary to the youth.

The late Miruts's secretes of success were not adequately promoted among surrogates, according to athlete Berhanu Zeru.

Miruts won gold medals in 10,000 and 5,000 meters at the World Championship in 1977 and 1979, respectively.

The athlete also claimed gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, in both 10,000 and 5,000 meters.

He passed away in Canada at 72 and his body was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

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