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Mohammed Ahmed breaks Canadian 10,000m record

Ahmed ran 26:34.14 to break his previous 10,000m record by 25 seconds

In one of the first outdoor meets of the season in San Juan, Calif. Canadian Olympic silver medallist Mohammed Ahmed smashed his own Canadian 10,000m record of 26:59.35 by 25 seconds down to 26:34.14 at the Sound Running 10,000m meet.

Ahmed was second in the race behind his American Bowerman Track Club training partner Grant Fisher, who ousted Ahmed on the final lap by one second to set a new American 10,000m record (26:33.84).

Both Ahmed and Fisher were well under the World Championship 10,000m standard of 27:28 and now rank in the top 10 all-time for the 10,000m. Ahmed has now broken national records in back-to-back races this season, setting the Canadian indoor 5,000m record (12:56.87) three weeks ago in Boston.

Australia’s Jack Rayner finished third in 27:15.35, setting an Australian national record and a 45 second personal best.

In the women’s race, it was Bowerman Track Club’s Elise Cranny from the U.S. that came out on top in 30:14.66, one second off the American record. Canada’s Andrea Seccafien was third in 31:15.78, which is the second-fasted 10,000m time ever by a Canadian, two seconds behind her PR of 31:13. South Africa’s Dominique Scott was second in a personal best time of 31:00.10. Nine women from the race achieved the 2022 World Championship standard of 31:25.

The 2017 World Track & Field Championships at Olympic Stadium in London, England. Photo: Claus Andersen

Also in action was Vancouver’s Luc Bruchet, who won the first heat of the men’s 10,000m in a new personal best time of 27:56.12. Bruchet represented Canada in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics and won the Vancouver First Half last month in 63:25.