Ibrahim Kedir of Toronto was a Canadian junior 5,000m record-holder for 17 minutes on Saturday before the record was taken by Joshua DeSouza. The Boston University Season Opener saw some big results, especially from Canadians in the men’s 5,000m.
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✅ First race in 13 months ✅ 3rd place in 13:30.79 in the 5000 at the BU season opener ✅ 🇲🇶 Quebec indoor record by 26 seconds ✅ 🇨🇦 4th all-time indoors in Canada . . . . . Yesterday was a big mix of emotions for me, from the hours pre race, to the run itself, to the aftermath. Regardless of the outcome, the biggest feeling might have been relief, just to be able to line up again, compete, and break the ice with racing sensations I used to embrace so much. Confidence took it’s toll after not running for 6 months, and coming back from days I thought I was done with it was not easy. I’m thankful to be back, but now I’m knocking on wood because this can only be the beginning for the goals that lie ahead. Quick shout out to my wife, parents, friends, @coachlapointe and physio @marilou_lamy who dealt with me and helped me navigate a darker period. #asics #teamasics #sportium #polar #RBColympians #athleticscanada #athletisme #maurten
There, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot ran his first race in a year and smashed his outdoor personal best, indoor personal best and the Quebec record for the indoor 5,000m. In the same race, fellow Canadians Kieran Lumb (13:54.44) and Thomas Fafard (13:57.77) finished 13th and 14th.
🚨 Ibrahim Kedir runs a new 5k PR of 14:17.92 in his first indoor race as an Explorer at the BU Season Opener! Phenomenal result after coming off a long Cross Country season and a great way to start off the track season! pic.twitter.com/f7v50FLkHY
— La Salle XC/Track (@LaSalle_XCTF) December 8, 2019
But a little further down the list were two more Canadian names, and both became record-holders for a time on Saturday. The meet ran the heats fastest to slowest, with Kedir running in heat two of four. He crossed the finish line in 14:17.92, breaking Tyler Dozzi’s record of 14:18.92. A mere 17 minutes later,DeSouza of Brampton ran under Kedir’s record, hitting 14:09.03 from the slower race.
The pair of runners share a shocking number of similarities. Both men are sophomores at NCAA schools, with DeSouza attending Iona College and Kedir at La Salle University in Philadelphia. They were both on the 2019 junior World Championship Cross-Country team. They’re both primarily 5,000m runners who have now each owned the same Canadian record. Kedir said post-race, “Once I crossed the finish line we had a good ten minute celebration and then I saw that Josh [DeSouza] broke the record further. I didn’t care who had it–it’s just really nice to push the record forward. He’s a friend of mine, it was a pretty cool day.” Up next for Kedir is phase two of his indoor season where he hopes to win his conference 5,000m title and make his first NCAAs.
Watch out for these two 19-year-old runners as they make their seasons. They could certainly be contenders come championship time.
Full meet results can be found here.