Distance runner Mohammed Ahmed trains at the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon. He made 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 a world championships. 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.
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…
Notable International Results
OG: 2012 – 18th (10,000m)
CWG: 2014 – 6th (10,000m), 5th (5000m)
IAAF WCh: 2013 – 9th (10,000m)
IAAF WCh (junior): 2010 – 4th (10,000m); 2008 – 9th (10,000m)
IAAF WCh (cross-country): 2013 – 22nd