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Mohammed Ahmed wins 5,000m bronze at World Championships

Ahmed earns his first-ever World Championship medal

Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed ran such an impressive race on Monday, winning his first World Championship medal and Canada’s third of the 2019 event. Ahmed got himself into a good position and sat in around fifth for the first 3K of the race, he took the lead with 1K to go, was briefly passed by Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in the final lap but ultimately came through for the bronze. Ahmed finished in 13:01.11.

The runner’s bronze medal is the first-ever distance medal for Canada at a World Championships.

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First place went to Muktar Edris of Ethiopia in 12:58.85 and second place to Selemon Barega also of Ethiopia in 12:59.70.

Ahmed has had a great 2019, becoming the first Canadian to run under 13 minutes for 5,000m at the Rome Diamond League in June. The Bowerman track club athlete took some heat for barely competing through the later summer months, but evidently his break for competition paid off as he’s performed remarkably well at this World Championship. Canada’s Justyn Knight finished 10th in 13:26.63. The Ingebrigtsen brothers came home without a medal, Filip didn’t finish, Henrik was 14th and Jakob was fifth.

It’s worth noting that Canada finished with no medals at the 2017 World Championships, but has already earned three by day four of the 2019 event: bronze for Andre De Grasse in the 100m, bronze for Evan Dunfee in the 50K race walk and now bronze for Ahmed in the 5,000m. Ahmed runs again in the 10,000m on Sunday October 6.

Other Canadian news

Both Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown have made the 200m final, making Canada the only country with two runners in the sprint showdown. The final goes tomorrow at 3:40 p.m. EDT.

In the women’s 200m heats, Crystal Emmanuel made it through to Tuesday’s 200m semi-final.


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