Somaliland origin Mohammed Ahmed wins silver medal in Commonwealth 5,000M

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From left to right: Silver medallist Canada's Mohammed Ahmed, gold medallist Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei and bronze medallist Kenya's Edward Pingua Zakayo celebrate on the podium after the athletic's men's 5000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 8, 2018. PHOTO | SAEED KHAN | AFP

GOLD COAST, Australia — Canadian Mohammed Ahmed earned silver Sunday in the 5,000 metres on the first day of track and field at the Commonwealth Games.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won gold in 13 minutes 50.83 seconds, ahead of Ahmed in 13:52.78 and Kenya’s Edward Zakayo in 13:54.06.

“I’ve been at the cusp for many years, but I finally get to stand on the podium and hopefully (one day) I get to climb one more step,” said the 27-year-old Ahmed, who was fifth in the 5,000 and sixth in the 10,000 at the 2014 games in Glasgow.

Mohammed Ahmed of Canada and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei of Uganda compete in the Men’s 5000 metres final on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Ahmed was sixth in the 5,000 and eighth in the 10,000 at last year’s world championships, both Canadian-best finishes. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was fourth and 32nd, respectively, in the races.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Ahmed spent the first 10 years of his life in Kenya before his family moved to St. Catharines, Ont. but Mohammed Ahmad’s family is originally from Somaliland.

SOURCE:CANOE

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