A Legend To Haile Is A Legend To Us
“Miruts has been everything to me and my athletics career. When I started running, I just wanted to be like him. He is the reason for who I’m now and for what I have achieved. I used to doubt that he was a human being after all for achieving what he achieved back then. For me, he is the best-ever athlete Ethiopia ever had after the great Abebe Bikila.”
– An emotional Haile Gebrselassie talking about the passing of Miruts Yifter on Friday. Yifter was the double Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 in 1980. Yifter also won an Olympic bronze in 1972 and was JAILED upon his return home.
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