Cam Levins sets blistering new Canadian record in 10,000m
Mo Ahmed places 11th in 5,000m at Prefontaine; Netty sets long jump mark
Cam Levins established a new Canadian record in the 10,000m track and field event at the 2015 Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. on Friday.
He completed the race in 27:07.51 to finish in fourth place and surpass the previous record of 27:23.63 held by Simon Bairu since 2010.
Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/CamLevins">@CamLevins</a> on the new Canadian 10,000m record of 27:07.51 <a href="http://t.co/fTT09FsuLw">pic.twitter.com/fTT09FsuLw</a>—@AthleticsCanada
Mo Farah of Great Britain was the winner of the 10,000m with a time of 26:50.97.
Levins said after the race that he had rested well prior to the event and was gunning for a fast time. His coach Alberto Salazar made sure Levins was tapering significantly before the Prefontaine Classic — bringing down his mileage — so his body was ready to go.
"He wanted to make sure I had really good showing here, and I'm pleased with what I did," Levins said.
Canadian Mo Ahmed placed 11th in the 5,000 with a time of 13:20.67. Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, the 2014 world junior champion, won the race in 13:10.54
.<a href="https://twitter.com/nikepreclassic">@nikepreclassic</a> 5000m: Mo Ahmed <a href="https://twitter.com/Moh_Speed">@Moh_Speed</a> 11th in 13:20.67 <a href="http://t.co/OGUvrJYZDZ">pic.twitter.com/OGUvrJYZDZ</a>—@AthleticsCanada
Christabel Netty also set a new Canadian record in women's long jump by leaping 6.99 and 6.96 metres to top her own mark twice and finish second.
6.99 & 6.96 both legal jumps as <a href="https://twitter.com/queenchristabel">@queenchristabel</a> breaks her own NR twice to finish 2nd at <a href="https://twitter.com/nikepreclassic">@nikepreclassic</a> <a href="http://t.co/9ooNANyvZq">pic.twitter.com/9ooNANyvZq</a>—@WorldAthleticsC