Road To The Olympic Games

Track and Field

Moh Ahmed shatters Canadian 5,000-metre record to crack all-time top-10 list

Moh Ahmed shattered his own Canadian record in the 5,000 metres at the Portland Intersquad Meet. The 29-year-old from St. Catharines Ont., won the race in 12 minutes 47.20 seconds, bettering his previous mark of 12:53.16 set last summer in Rome.

St. Catharines, Ont., runner won race in Portland, Ore., in 12 minutes 47.20 seconds

Mo Ahmed, shown second from left in this file photo, set a new Canadian record in the 5,000 on Friday in Portland, Ore. (Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images)

Moh Ahmed shattered his own Canadian record in the 5,000 metres at the Portland Intersquad Meet.

The 29-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., won the race in 12 minutes 47.20 seconds, bettering his previous mark of 12:53.16 set last summer in Rome.

WATCH | Moh Ahmed shatters his own 5,000m Canadian record:

29-year-old Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., ran the 5,000 metres race at the Portland Intersquad Meet in 12 minutes 47.20 seconds, bettering his previous mark of 12:53.16 set last summer in Rome. 18:09

Ahmed, who became the first Canadian to dip under the 13-minute mark when he broke his previous record last summer, cracked the world's top-10 all-time list of 5,000 runners with Friday night's result.

He won bronze in the 5,000 last Oct. 3 at the world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar.

The Canadian runner worked his way to the front of the pack with 500 metres left at a hot and humid Khalifa International Stadium.

Ahmed stumbled 100 metres later after being clipped, dropped to fifth with 150 to go before surging on the straightaway to finish in bronze position in 13:01.11. his first medal in the event at a major championship.

WATCH | Ahmed battles back to win world bronze in 5,000:

Canadian Moh Ahmed reaches the podium with a time of 13 minutes 1.11 seconds. 3:03

Athletics Canada honour

"Third is good. This is a stepping stone," added Ahmed, who was looking ahead to 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics before it was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to July 2021.

A month ago, Athletics Canada recognized Ahmed's feat as the most outstanding performance of 2019 by awarding Ahmed the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy

Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and moved to Canada at the age of 11. He trains with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland.

WATCH | Ahmed says he's excited for Olympics next summer:

Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., discusses his Canadian record-breaking run at the Portland Intersquad Meet in Portland, Ore. 3:10

CBC Sports analyst Dave Moorcroft, who ran a world-record 13:00.41 in 1982, noted Ahmed has arrived as a serious medal contender and wondered if he was on the verge of "something special" come Tokyo.

"Medal contenders have a different mindset and aura, and I believe Moh has that," Moorcroft said. "He is now not just a fast runner but also a great racer and he has to believe he can take that to the next level."

With files from CBC Sports

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Sponsored Content

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now