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Mohammed Ahmed
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Ahmed at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s) Mospeed
Nationality Canadian
Born January 5, 1991 (1991-01-05) (age 30)
Mogadishu, Somalia
Height 182 cm
Weight 54 kg
Sport
Country Canada
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long-distance running
College team University of Wisconsin–Madison
Club Bowerman Track Club
Coached by Jerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Mohammed Ahmed (born January 5, 1991) is a Canadian long-distance runner originally from Somaliland. Ahmed won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 5000m. Ahmed won the bronze medal in the 5000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, the first Canadian to medal in the event, and is a two-time silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games in the 5000m and 10,000m events. Ahmed competed at 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. He holds the eleventh fastest 5000m time in history.

Early life

Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia to Said Yusuf and Halimo Farah. Ahmed is originally from the town of El Afweyn in Somaliland and belongs to the Biciide sub-division of the Habr Je'lo Isaaq clan. He moved to St. Catharines, Ontario in Canada at the age of 11. He began running track at the age of 13 after watching his brothers run track at school.

Running career

Youth

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.

Collegiate

Ahmed attended St. Catharines Collegiate before going on to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from which he graduated in 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 2012 Summer Olympics, he finished in 18th place.

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.

He competed in the 5000 and 10000 m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing in 5th and 6th place respectively.

Professional

At the 2015 World Championships, Ahmed competed in the 5000 m only, finishing in 12th place.

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

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.

He also ran the eleventh fastest indoor 5000m in history in Boston in 2017, setting the Canadian national record in the process. 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

Ahmed was nominated for Sports Person of the Year at the International Somali Awards 2018. That year, he also won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, in both the 5000 and 10000 m.

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.

On July 10, 2020, competing at the Portland Intrasquad Meet II in Portland, Oregon, Ahmed set a personal best and Canadian National Record in the men's 5000m with a time of 12:47.20.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Ahmed finished sixth after briefly leading late in the 10,000m event, running a season's best in the process.

Ahmed won the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the Men's 5,000 metres event.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 18th 10,000 m 28:13.91
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 9th 10,000 m 27:35.76
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 12th 5,000 m 14:00.38
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 5,000 m 13:05.94
32nd 10,000 m 29:32.84
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 6th 5,000 m 13:39.15
8th 10,000 m 27:02.35
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 5,000 m 13:01.11
6th 10,000 m 26:59.35
2021 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 2nd 5,000 m 12:58.61
6th 10,000 m 27:47.76
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