Bowerman Track Club athletes ran their third post-lockdown meet, the Intra-squad Meet III, on Tuesday night, and Canadian Mohammed Ahmed carried on with his winning ways, taking the 1,500m in a PB of 3:34.89. Not even two weeks ago, Ahmed broke his own Canadian 5,000m record and catapulted himself into the top-10 all time after he ran a 12:47.20, and with his run on Tuesday, he became the fifth-fastest Canadian to run the 1,500m. In the women’s race, Karissa Schweizer won in 4:00.02, a PB of her own that puts her in the top-10 for American women at the distance.
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The Bowerman TC has held three intra-squad meets in the past month, and Ahmed has grabbed a PB at each one. At the first, which took place in Portland on June 30, Ahmed raced his first 1,500m of the year. He didn’t win that race, but he set a PB of 3:39.84. This came after a long struggle with trying to break 3:40, and the breakthrough was followed by an even bigger PB on Tuesday. A week and a half later, he lined up for the 5,000m at the club’s second meet, and he had the run of his life, obliterating his Canadian record of 12:58.16 by 11 seconds. His time put him at 10th-best ever, and he is the only runner not from Kenya or Ethiopia to make that list.
Then came his third meet of the summer on Tuesday night. A 3:34.89 is a fast time for anyone, but considering the fact that Ahmed is not a 1,500m specialist, it’s even more impressive. Second and third place went to Marc Scott of the U.K. and American Grant Fisher, both of whom also ran PBs behind Ahmed. There has been talk of a 10,000m race at the fourth intra-squad meet for the Bowerman TC, which would be another great opportunity for Ahmed to shoot for a PB and national record (which he already owns, with a time of 26:59.35).
Full results from the Intra-squad Meet III can be found here.