Mohammed Ahmed
Ahmed setting the then-5,000m record at the Brussels Diamond League. Photo: Photorun.net.

Mohammed Ahmed broke the Canadian indoor two-mile (3,218m) record on Saturday afternoon in New York City. The 26-year-old bettered the previous record, held by Cam Levins, finishing fourth overall in 8:13:16. The old record of 8:14.69, also set at the NYRR Millrose Games, dates back to 2013.

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Ahmed, who represented Canada at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, is now a three-event record holder. He holds the Canadian indoor 3,000m record as well as the Canadian outdoor 5,000m record. He finished fourth in the men’s 5,000m at the Rio Olympics.

The Oregon resident, who trains with the Bowerman Track Club, finished fourth in Saturday afternoon’s Paavo Nurmi two-mile race but defeated Olympic 1,500m champion Matt Centrowitz in the process. Ahmed went through the 3,000m-mark in 7:41.13, narrowly missing his own record in the event. Saucony’s Ben True won the event in 8:11.33.

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Post-race interview

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The New York Road Runners, the same organization that puts on the New York City Marathon, hosts the event at the Armory in Manhattan. The Millrose Games are considered one of the most prestigious indoor track and field competitions in the world.

It should be noted that Athletics Canada, the nation’s governing body for track and field, does not officially list the two-mile on their records and rankings page.

Winner Ben True

Kate Van Buskirk

Earlier in the afternoon, Kate Van Buskirk won her second New York City race of 2017. The 29-year-old ran 8:52.08 to win the women’s 3,000m. Fellow Canadian Andrea Seccafien finished 11 seconds back in 9:03.92. Results can be found here.

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Wanamaker Mile

Phylicia George wins women’s 60 hurdles

Phylicia George completes the trio of Canadians who won their respective events at the Millrose Games as she was the only athlete in the women’s 60m hurdles to break eight seconds. The 29-year-old Olympian ran 7.98.

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