Pictures and article courtesy Bernie Puchalski at the St. Catharines Standard:
Making history wasn’t enough for Mohammed Ahmed.
By winning a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre race and placing fifth in the 5,000 metres at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., the St. Catharines distance runner became only the second University of Wisconsin runner to garner First Team All-America honours in the two events at the same NCAA championships.
The results capped a great career for the Wisconsin male athlete of the year candidate. The St. Catharines Collegiate alumnus earned eight All-America honours during his five years — five on the track and three in cross country. The Big Ten record holder in the 10,000 metres helped Wisconsin win four Big Ten cross-country crowns, three Big Ten track titles and the 2011 NCAA cross-country championship.
All that is well and good for the 2012 Olympian and ninth-place finisher at the 2013 world championships, but he leaves university without achieving his goal. More…
From St. Catharines Standard:
By Bernie Puchalski, St. Catharines Standard, Monday, January 14, 2013 9:34:04 EST PM
Mohammed Ahmed’s first Olympic experience has left him wanting more.
“It made me want to look at the big picture,” said the 22-year-old St. Catharines resident, who was back in the city for about two weeks before returning to the University of Wisconsin Monday. “I want to go back there in 2016 and I want to medal. I had no expectations for this one.”
At the London Olympics, the St. Catharines Collegiate graduate placed 18th in the 10,000 metres.
“I just wanted to go out there and see how it is and feel out the environment. The Olympics have given me the motivation that I made an Olympic team and I need to go and try and better myself as an individual every day in training.”
The medalists at the Olympics were several years older than Ahmed and he is early on in his running career.
“I’ll be 25 in 2016 and I’m really excited about those Olympics.”
Ahmed is coming off a fall where the scholarship runner placed eighth at the NCAA cross country championships to earn his fourth straight All-American honours. He also placed second at the Canadian senior championships.
LONDON, UK- The Canadian men’s 4×100-metre relay team of Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Seyi Smith of Ottawa, Ont., Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., and Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., ran the race of their lives this evening at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Initial results awarded Canada the bronze medal behind the United States and Jamaica, who took gold in a world record time of 36.84 seconds; however Canada was later disqualified for a lane violation just before the final baton exchange. Camera review showed Connaughton stepping on the line as he rounded the corner. More…
LONDON, UK – Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., has won Canada’s first track and field and Canada’s 11th medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Day five at Olympic Stadium also brought three top eight performances and a personal best. Drouin’s medal is the fist in the high jump since Greg Joy did in at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Que. More…
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From Mohammed (in London, representing Canada).