Per­sonal best for Canuck Ahmed, who places sixth in 10K at worlds

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS -

DOHA, QATAR — Mo­hammed Ahmed broke his own Cana­dian record in the men’s 10,000 me­tres Sun­day as he fin­ished sixth at the world track and field cham­pi­onships.

Ahmed, from St. Catharines, fin­ished in 26 min­utes and 59.35 sec­onds, trim­ming three sec­onds from his old mark.

Uganda’s Joshua Chep­tegei won gold in 26:48.36. Ethiopia’s Yomif Ke­jelcha took sil­ver in 26:49.34 and Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto won bronze in 26:50.32.

Ahmed won a bronze medal in the 5,000 me­tres ear­lier in the week.

Also Sun­day, Canada fin­ished fifth in the women’s 4x400-me­tre re­lay in 3:25.91.

The United States won gold in 3:18.92. Poland took the sil­ver in 3:21.89 and the bronze went to Ja­maica in 3:22.37.

Canada’s Gabriela DeBuesStaf­ford broke her own na­tional record in the women’s 1,500me­tre fi­nal Satur­day at the world track and field cham­pi­onships.

The Toronto run­ner fin­ished sixth in three min­utes and 56.12 sec­onds, trim­ming over three sec­onds from her pre­vi­ous best of 3:59.59 set last Au­gust in Zurich.

“I’m re­ally happy, gave it ev­ery­thing I had on the last lap,” DeBues-Stafford said.

“I knew it was go­ing to be fast, I could feel it.

“On the one hand, it is tough be­cause any other year, a run­ner with a time like that would be a shoe-in for the win, but it’s also ex­cit­ing to be a part of a phe­nom­e­nal class of women in the 1500-me­tres and I ac­tu­ally pre­fer it that way. We el­e­vate each other’s games to run faster.”

Si­fan Has­san of the Nether­lands won gold in 3:51.95. Faith Kipye­gon of Kenya took sil­ver and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia won bronze.

DeBues-Stafford first broke the Cana­dian record in July. Her time of 4:00.26 in Lon­don was one-100th of a se­cond faster than Lynn Wil­liams’ mark from 1985.

Also Satur­day, the Cana­dian women’s 4x400-me­tre re­lay team qual­i­fied for Sun­day’s fi­nal by fin­ish­ing third in the open­ing heat in 3:25.86.

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Mo­hammed Ahmed, from St. Catharines, al­ready earned a bronze in the 5,000 me­tres in Doha, Qatar at the world track and field cham­pi­onships. He was sixth Sun­day in the 10,000 me­tres.

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