Moh Ahmed of Canada claimed his first Olympic track medal on Friday in the Tokyo Olympics. Ahmed finished second earning the Olympic silver medal as he trailed the world record holder who placed first. Despite the hot and humid conditions, Ahmed from St. Catharines, Ontario completed the race with a time of 12 minutes and 58,61 seconds.
The silver medalist’s moment came in the last 500 metres of the race. He was able to narrow the gap around the final bend and then sprinted with whatever he had left in the tank to get a podium finish. Before the last 500 metres, Ahmed was in fourth place but managed to pass both Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli and American Paul Chelimo.
The gold medal went to Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda who also is the world record holder for this event. Ahmed was a mere 46-100ths of a second behind Cheptegei as it was a very close race. Ahmed, at 30-years of age, finished fourth in this event during the 2016 Rio Olympic.
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