Mohammed Ahmed Claims Silver Medal In 5000m For Team Canada
Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed has added another Olympic medal for Team Canada, winning a Silver in Friday’s 5000m event at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
Ahmed ran a fast final lap and challenged Joshua Cheptegei, the world record holder in the distance, for the gold on the final stretch, but couldn’t catch the Ugandan.
Cheptegei finished in 12 minutes 58.15 seconds followed by Ahmed at 12:58.61.
Paul Chelimo of the United States took bronze in 12:59.05.
The 30-year-old Ahmed, originally born in Somalia, moved to St. Catharines, Ontario at age 11 and began his running career shortly afterwards.
Ahmed, who also goes by “Moh”, won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto in the 10000m race, with his previous best finish in the 5000m on a major stage being bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. His career-best time in the 5000m is 12:47.20, set last year. It is also a North American continental record.
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