Ahmed racing to Olympic berth

Seven Canadians, including Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, came away from the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California with Olympic standard performances. Ahmed, 20, placed sixth in the men’s 10,000-metre race in a time of 27:34.64 to finish under the Olympic A+ standard. The race was won by come Cameron Levins of Black Creek, B.C., in a time of 27:27.96.

Having fulfilled the time criteria, Ahmed, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Levins need to medal at the Canadian track and field trials in June in order to be nominated to the Olympic Games team.

Ahmed is a three-time Canadian Junior Champion in the 5,000m event. He competed for Canada at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships and won the 5,000m with a championship record time of 14:12.11. He currently attends the University of Wisconsin and runs for the Badgers.