Canadian Mohammed Ahmed wins silver medal in Commonwealth Games 5,000 metres

Men's 5000m gold medalist Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, centre, stands with silver medalist Canada's Mohammed Ahmed, left and bronze medalist Kenya's Edward Zakayo at the Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, April 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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.

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.


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