Mohammed Ahmed
Photo: Claus Andersen/Athletics Canada.

Mohammed Ahmed erased a nine-year-old Canadian record on Tuesday in the Croatian capital.

Competing at the IAAF World Challenge Zagreb, the 26-year-old ran 7:40.49 to finish third in the men’s 3,000m. The outdoor personal best performance eclipses Kevin Sullivan’s previous Canadian record of 7:41.61, which the current coach at the University of Michigan set in 2008.

Ahmed finished less than two seconds back of race winner Selemon Barega, who clocked 7:38.90. The time is not Ahmed’s all-time PB as he ran 7:40.11, the current Canadian indoor record, in 2016 at the Millrose Games. (Outdoor and indoor records are distinct from each other as track distances differ.)

It was Ahmed’s second PB in as many weeks as he ran 3:56.60 for the mile at the Birmingham Diamond League on Aug. 20. Between his mile and 3,000m, he also raced at the Zurich Diamond League in Switzerland, running 13:10.26.

With Tuesday’s performance, Ahmed is now the fastest Canadian, outdoors, in the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m. The two-time Olympian set the Canadian 10,000m record in London at the 2017 IAAF World Championships clocking 27:02.35.

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