Mohammed Ahmed (athlete)

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Mohammed Ahmed
Mohammed Ahmed Rio 2016.jpg
Ahmed at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1991-01-05) January 5, 1991 (age 26)
Mogadishu, Somalia[1]
Residence St. Catharines, Ontario
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)[2]
Sport Track, Long-distance running
Event(s) 5000 meters, 10,000 meters
College team University of Wisconsin–Madison
Coached by Mick Byrne[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5000 meters: 13:01.74[4]
10,000 meters: 27:30.00[4]

Mohammed Ahmed (born January 5, 1991)[5] is a Canadian long-distance runner who competed in the 10,000 meter races at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.

Running career[edit]


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.[6]


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[7]

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.


  1. ^ "Mohammed Ahmed profile". IAAF. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Mohammed Ahmed". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Baggot, Andy (July 18, 2012). "Olympics: Badgers' Mohammed Ahmed to race against his idols in London". 
  4. ^ a b All-Athletics. "Profile of Mohammed Ahmed". 
  5. ^ "Mohammed Ahmed". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Top-10 finish for Mo: Ahmed shines on international stage. University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers (August 10, 2013)
  7. ^ RunnerSpace. "2016 Prefontaine Classic Results". 

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