July 21, 2010
Results | IAAF World Junior Championships
MADISON, Wis. -- Mohammed Ahmed did the home crowd proud Tuesday at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, racing his way to a fourth-place finish for host nation Canada in the 10,000 meters.
Ahmed, a freshman for the Wisconsin men's track and field team, scored his second-consecutive top-10 finish at world juniors by turning in a time of 29 minutes, 11.75 seconds on the track in Moncton.
Dennis Chepkongin Masai of Kenya claimed the world title in 27:53.88, winning by a comfortable 10-second margin over runner-up Gebretsadik Abraha of Ethiopia.
"It was a tough race, I got forced and I got lapped," Ahmed said. "It showed I have a long way to go to be at the top of the world.
"I had to give everything I had, and the crowd got me through."
For Ahmed, the performance brought to a close an extremely successful freshman season as a collegian. After finishing 27th for Canada at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in March, he went on to win the Big Ten Conference title at 10,000 meters and earn All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the event at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.
In the process, Ahmed twice lowered the Canadian junior record in the 10,000, which now stands at the 28:57.44 he clocked at the NCAA championships.
He also claimed his third-consecutive Canadian junior national title at 5,000 meters earlier this month.
In his first appearance at the world junior meet, the 2008 event in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Ahmed claimed a ninth-place finish.
The Badgers also will be represented this week by incoming freshman Gregory MacNeill, who is slated to compete for his native Canada in the pelims of the 4x100-meter relay on Friday. The event final is scheduled for Saturday.
On the women's side, incoming freshman Emily Sisson is entered to represent the U.S. in the 5,000 meters Wednesday. She took 10th place in the 3,000 meters on Monday.