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Mohammed Ahmed (runner)

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Mohammed Ahmed (born January 5, 1991)[4] is a Canadian long-distance runner. Ahmed won the bronze medal in the 5000 m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, the first Canadian to medal in the event, and is a two-time silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games in the 5000 and 10,000 m events. Ahmed competed at 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. He has also ran the eleventh fastest indoor 5000m in history in Boston in 2017, setting the Canadian national record in the process.[5]

Mohammed Ahmed
Mohammed Ahmed Rio 2016.jpg
Ahmed at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1991-01-05) January 5, 1991 (age 28)
Mogadishu, Somalia[1]
ResidenceSt. Catharines, Ontario
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Weight58 kg (128 lb)[2]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Long-distance running
College teamUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
ClubBowerman Track Club
Coached byJerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
World finals2013
10,000 m, 9th
5000 m, 12th
10,000 m, 8th
5000 m, 6th
5000 m,  Bronze
10,000 m, 6th
Olympic finals2012
10,000 m, 18th
10,000 m, 32nd
5000 m, 4th
Personal best(s)

Early lifeEdit

Mohammed Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia to Said Yusuf and Halimo Farah, and he moved to Canada at the age of 11.[6] He began running track at the age of 16.[6] Mohammed Ahmed's family is originally from Hargeisa, Somaliland.[7]

Running careerEdit


Before college, Mohammed Ahmed was the Canadian Junior 5000 m champion on four occasions, and twice finished in the top 10 at World Junior Championships (4th in 2010, 9th in 2008), to go along with 2 Canadian senior titles in the event. Ahmed's resume also includes a Pan American Junior title.


Ahmed attended the St. Catharines Collegiate and Ahmed attended University of Wisconsin–Madison until he graduated in the summer of 2014. During his time at college he amassed 11 NCAA All-American awards in track and cross country and an Olympic berth in the 10,000 m at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Mohammed clocked the best time over 10,000 m in Canadian history with his 9th-place finish, almost equaling his lifetime best in the process with a 27:35.76 result.[8]


On May 28, 2016, Ahmed set a personal best and Canadian National Record in the 5000 m at the Prefontaine Classic, finishing in a time of 13:01.74[9]

Ahmed finished in 4th place in the 5000m at the 2016 Rio Olympics with a time of 13:05.94, 1.5 seconds short of the bronze medal.

On August 4, 2017, Ahmed set a personal best and Canadian National Record in the 10000 m, placing 8th at the 2017 IAAF World Championships with a time of 27:02.35[10]

Ahmed was nominated for Sports Person of the Year at the International Somali Awards 2018.[11]

Competing at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Ahmed won the bronze medal in the 5000 m event, the first for a Canadian runner. Ahmed led late in the race, briefly dropping to fifth position in the final stretch, before recovering to take third place.[12]


  1. ^ "Mohammed Ahmed profile". IAAF. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Mohammed Ahmed". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e All-Athletics. "Profile of Mohammed Ahmed".
  4. ^ "Mohammed Ahmed". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "5000 Metres – men – senior – indoor |". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ Bergsma, Marlene (August 6, 2012). "Family thrilled with Ahmed's Olympic experience". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Top-10 finish for Mo: Ahmed shines on international stage. University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers (August 10, 2013)
  9. ^ RunnerSpace. "2016 Prefontaine Classic Results".
  10. ^ IAAF. "2017 IAAF World Championships Results".
  11. ^ "Home – International Somali Awards". International Somali Awards. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Canada's Moh Ahmed wins bronze medal in men's 5,000 metres at track worlds". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved September 30, 2019.

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