Ahmed breaks Canadian record, but he wants more
After 10,000-metre dash in London, he aims ‘to be the best in the world’
LONDON — A national record, and a Canadian best-ever eighthplace finish — but Mohammed Ahmed wants more.
The 26-year-old from St. Catharines laid down Canada’s finest performance over 10,000 metres at the world championships on Friday night, crossing in a national record time of 27 minutes 2.35 seconds.
But moments after the race, his slender legs still wobbly from the effort, Ahmed said he’s thinking well beyond being Canada’s best.
“Honestly one of the things that I’m really sick of is ‘best Canadian finish,’ ‘best Canadian this.’ I want to be the best in the world,” Ahmed said.
“That’s essentially what I’m working toward. I dislike hearing those words … You want to be the best in the world.”
Hometown favourite and Olympic champion Mo Farah raced to his third world title, to the delight of 55,000 fans, whose roar reached ear-splitting levels when the Brit glanced over his shoulder to pull away with about 150 metres to go.
Day 1 of the worlds was supposed to be all about Andre De Grasse and his quest to topple Jamaican Usain Bolt from his throne. But the Canadian star was forced to shut down his season after straining his hamstring.
So Ahmed played the starring role for Canada.