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Mohammed Ahmed breaks Canadian indoor 5,000m record

The Olympic silver medalist ran 12:56.87 in his first race of the year

Mohammed Ahmed

In his first race since his silver medal-winning 5,000m in Tokyo, Canada’s Moh Ahmed finished second in a very fast men’s race at the David Hemery Valentine Invite in Boston, running 12:56.87 to break his own Canadian indoor 5,000m record 13:04.60.

The men’s race on Saturday was one of the deepest 5,000m fields ever seen on U.S. soil. Former high school star Grant Fisher won the race in incredible fashion, smashing Galen Rupp’s American indoor record of 13:01.26, breaking the tape in 12:53.73. Ahmed was not far behind him in second, bringing his total number of Canadian records up to five.

The U.K.’s Marc Scott completed the national record podium sweep, finishing in third place in 12:57.08, breaking the former European indoor record of 13:08.87. All three men have now edged themselves closer to Kenenisa Bekele’s world indoor 5,000m record of 12:49.60. This was also the first time three men have broken 13 minutes indoors in the same race.

Mohammed Ahmed
Photo: Claus Andersen

The three frontrunners were not the only ones who broke records during Saturday’s race. Emmanuel Bor also ran under Rupp’s record, finishing fourth in 13:00.48, and Sam Atkin of the U.K. and Jonas Raess of Switzerland both ran under the European record, with Atkin finishing in 13:03.64 for fifth and Raess finishing sixth in 13:07.95.

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