St Catharines runner looking for medal in Men’s 5000M this Friday

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Published August 3, 2021 at 3:03 pm

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After finishing sixth last night in the Men’s 10000M, St Catharines distance runner Mohammed Ahmed still has his second shot at the podium in the Tokyo Olympics later on this week.

Ahmed qualified for the finals in the Men’s 5000M after finishing second this morning (August 3) in his heat with a time of 13:38.96. The finals is set for 8 am Friday (August 6) morning.

The 5000M is thought to be Ahmed’s stronger race as he finished fourth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

At the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Ahmed won the bronze medal in the 5000M event, the first medal ever for a Canadian runner.

Ahmed, 30, moved to St Catharines with his parents to St Catharines at the age of 11 from Mogadishu, Somalia and attended St. Catharines Collegiate. From there, it was on to University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated in 2014.

Just prior to college, though, he was a four-time Canadian Junior 5000M champion.

(Photo courtesy of worldathletics.org)

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