The Canadian 5,000m and 10,000m record holder is now a sub-four-minute miler.
Racing at the Birmingham Diamond League in England one week after the conclusion of the IAAF World Championships, Mohammed Ahmed ran 3:56.60 for the mile. He’s run 13:01.74 for 5,000m and 27:02.35 for 10,000m, both marks the fastest in Canadian history.
Ahmed beat several big names in the Emsley Carr Mile including Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager and 3:34.78 1,500m runner Robby Andrews. The St. Catharines, Ont. native finished fifth overall in the race, less than two seconds back of Jake Wightman’s winning mark of 3:54.92.
According to MileSplit’s conversion calculator, Ahmed’s mile (1,609m) time converts to a 3:39.14 for 1,500m, the more common of the two distances. Ahmed’s 1,500m lifetime best is 3:40.18, according to his All Athletics profile. The Birmingham mile is believed to be his mile debut.
The Canadian record in the men’s mile is 3:50.26.
— Dan Lilot (@Lilot1TrackMind) August 20, 2017
According to Ahmed’s agent Dan Lilot, the 26-year-old will be running the 5,000m at the Zurich Diamond League on Aug. 24.
At the 2017 IAAF World Championships, Ahmed finished sixth in the men’s 5,000m and eighth in the men’s 10,000m.