Biography:

Distance runner Mohammed Ahmed posted a best ever Canadian result at Rio 2016 when he finished an impressive fourth in the 5000m. He had initially finished in fifth place before being disqualified for stepping on the inner line of the track. Ahmed was then reinstated by the Jury of Appeal. Earlier in the Games he had finished 32nd in the 10,000m, four years after making his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he finished 18th in the 10,000m. He had a breakthrough performance the following year when he finished ninth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. It was best-ever finish by a Canadian in the 10,000m at the world championships. After finishing second in the 5000m at the 2015 Canadian Championships, Ahmed won 10,000m gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He was also the top Canadian in the 5000m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, placing 12th. In September 2015 he broke the 17-year-old Canadian record in the 5000m, running 13:10.00 at a Diamond League meet in Brussels. Ahmed smashed his own mark by more than eight seconds in May 2016, running 13:01.74 at the Prefontaine classic in Eugene, Oregon. It was his second national record of 2016, having broken the nine-year-old indoor mark in the 3000m in February. As a junior, Ahmed won the 5000m at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships and finished fourth in the 10,000m at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton. He also owns the Canadian junior 10,000m record. He ran a personal best 27:34.64 in the 10,000m in April 2012. During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ahmed was a seven-time All-American and was the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after finishing third in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships.

Getting to know…

Family: Father Said Yusuf and mother Halimo Farah… Younger brothers Ibrahim, Kadar, and Hamza… Ibrahim runs track at Southern Utah University and competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships… Moved to Canada at age 11… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 13 after seeing his brothers running track at school… Has wanted to compete for Team Canada since watching Athens 2004… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 where he studied political science… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Feel the Pain”… Listens to relaxing music or poetry before competing… Role model is three-time Olympic gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele… Nickname: Mospeed…