This week we speak with one of Canada’s greatest track runners about the intersection of identity and sport. Mohammed Ahmed is a multiple time Olympian, Canadian record holder and national champion.
Born in Somalia, Ahmed and his family immigrated to St Catherines, Ontario when he was 10 years old, and he eventually joined the Niagara Track Club. Ahmed attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on an athletic scholarship. Following an illustrious NCAA career, he was recruited to the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club under coach Jerry Schumacher.
In this episode Ahmed recounts his experiences of racial and religious discrimination, as well as his athletic setbacks and successes. He takes us through his thrilling bronze medal performance at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. And he shares his big goals for the future.
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