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.)
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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.