On Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic, Mo Ahmed and Geneviève Lalonde ran faster than any other Canadians before them in their respective disciplines to set new national records. Ahmed, 25, ran 13:01.74 in the men’s 5,000m, improving his own record by 10 seconds and Lalonde broke Jessica Furlan’s women’s 3,000m steeplechase record by one second running 9:32.17.
The records were set at the Eugene, Ore.-based Diamond League event, a circuit of high profile track and field competitions. The venue, Hayward Field, is considered the home of track and field thanks to the rich running history of the University of Oregon and Nike’s nearby headquarters.
Footage has now surfaced of the two events, both of which can be seen below.
Ahmed, who was born in Somalia, made a hard move with 500 metres to go in the race and gapped all but three other runners over the closing stages. He faded to third but still crushed the Canadian record.
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1. EDRIS Muktar ETH 12:59.43
2. KAMWOROR Geoffrey KEN 12:59.98
3. AHMED Mohammed CAN 13:01.74
4. LONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei KEN 13:02.91
5. SOI Edwin KEN 13:03.26
Women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Lalonde, the Pan Am Games bronze medallist in the steeplechase, was able to take advantage of an incredibly fast race at the Saturday event where the third place finisher set an American record and the winner just one second off the world record.
1. JEBET Ruth BRN 8:59.97F
2. KIYENG Hyvin KEN 9:00.01F
3. COBURN Emma USA 9:10.76F American Record
4. CHEPKOECH Beatrice KEN 9:17.41
5. ASSEFA Sofia ETH 9:18.16
6. O’CONNOR Leah USA 9:18.85
7. KRAUSE Gesa Felicitas GER 9:22.33
8. CHEPKURUI Lidya KEN 9:22.81
9. KIRUI Purity KEN 9:31.76
10. LALONDE Geneviève CAN 9:32.17 Canadian Record
11. HIGGINSON Ashley USA 9:33.38
12. NYAMBURA Virginia KEN 9:36.09
DNF KIPP Shalaya USA DNF