The Bowerman women were a tough act to follow on Friday in Portland after both Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer went under the previous 5,000m American record, but Canadian Moh Ahmed did his best to steal some of the spotlight as he blitzed a 12:47.20 to chop 11 seconds off his 5k personal best.
Moh Ahmed just ran 12:47.20 to destroy his own Canadian 5,000m record! He's the 10th fastest 5k runner in history! pic.twitter.com/sv9fN8ubeB— FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 11, 2020
The time is not only the fastest by a North American runner but it is also the fastest 5,000m ever run on U.S. soil. The 29-year-old slots into 10th on the world all-time list.
Ahmed, the 2019 World Championships 5,000m bronze medalist, fended off reigning U.S. champion Lopez Lomong with a masterclass final 800 meters. Ahmed split 59.48 in the penultimate lap before raging home in 57.45, a 1:56 last two laps to complete a 3:58 final 1600 meters.
Although the 35-year-old Lomong struggled mightily in the last two circuits (he split 2:08) he still walked away with a 12.58.78 personal best to become just the ninth American to break 13 minutes in the distance.