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A year later he established his place in history when he won the 5,000 and 10,000 at the forgotten Moscow Olympics.
With his relatively low profile, I felt he needed a fan club, so if created one, recruited members (...including Evelyn Ashford, 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the 100), made T-shirts, put out a newsletter and held chapter meetings at an Ethiopian restaurant in Oakland called the Blue Nile. A good time was had by all.
Yifter relocated to Canada more than 20 years ago and lived in a community of Ethiopian expats. His death was due to a collapsed lung and or respiratory issues.
Here's a small montage of memories -- official fan club stationary, a picture of Yifter beating Virgin from 1979 in the Montreal Star and a photo of some MYFC members at the old Examiner Games at the Cow Palace, circa 1980 or '81. Left to right: Dave Gleason, Dave Johnson, John Crumpacker, Dave Dayton, Keith Conning, Jon Hendershott.
Rest in peace, Miruts.