Ahmed breaks Cana­dian record, but he wants more

Af­ter 10,000-me­tre dash in Lon­don, he aims ‘to be the best in the world’

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LORI EW­ING

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.

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