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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 30: Mohammed Ahmed of Canada in the final of the mens 10000m during the evening session on Day 1 of the athletics programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 30, 2021 Tokyo, Japan.
(Photo by Roger Sedres/Athletics Canada)

On a muggy first day of athletics at the Tokyo Olympics, the hot weather made for some fast times in the sprints, and gutsy performances all around.
Mohammed Ahmed gritted through the elements to finish sixth in the first medal event of the athletics competition, finishing the men’s 10,000-metre final with a season’s best time of 27:47.76
“It was tough. I tried to stay patient, reading the race. I tried inching my way towards the front as much as I could,” said Ahmed. “I made a play for the win with 700 metres to go. I tried going as hard as I could. I just didn’t have that much left that last 200 metres. I’m disappointed with the finish, but I’m not disappointed with how I ran it.




TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 30: Andrea Seccafien of Canada in the heats of the women’s 5000m during the evening session on Day 1 of the athletics programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 30, 2021 Tokyo, Japan.
(Photo by Roger Sedres/Athletics Canada)

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“I was excited to be going in the first heat. Typically, it’s the fastest one. Historically, if you can run 8:20 or better, you should have a good chance to make it to the final. I really raced to the best of my abilities today. I’m pleased with how composed I was able to stay. I’m please to have run brave and made Canada proud.” – John Gay

Every race, jump or throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games just might turn out to be ‘the highlight of the Games’. Don’t miss a moment of the action.

Here’s a look at Team Canada’s schedule for Day – 2 (July 31):

9:00 (JST)
20:00 (July 30 – EDT)
W400mHHeatsSage Watson (Heat 1)
Noelle Montcalm (Heat 2)
9:50 (JST)
20:50 (July 30 – EDT)
M800mHeatsMarco Arop
(Heat 2)
Brandon McBride (Heat 3)
19:15 (JST)
6:15 (EDT)
W100mSemi-FinalKhamica Bingham
(Heat 1)
Crystal Emmanuel
(Heat 2)
19:45 (JST)
6:45 (EDT)
M100mHeatsBismark Boateng^
Andre De Grasse^
Gavin Smellie^
21:50 (JST)
8:50 (EDT)
W100mFinalKhamica Bingham*
Crystal Emmanuel*

*Pending qualification
^Startlist not released at time of publication



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Throughout the Games, Caroline Sharp will serve as the Canadian athletics media attaché, while Gilles LeBlanc will assist with race walking and marathon events in Sapporo.
Should you wish to arrange an interview, or need more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Caroline or Gilles. Once a member of the Canadian team returns home, please contact a member of Athletics Canada’s communications team (Amanda or Riley).
Caroline Sharp (Athletics media attaché)
Number (Japan): 81-7043-287-480
WhatsApp: 613-323-5605
Gilles LeBlanc (race walking and marathon media attaché)
Number (Japan): 81-7043-902-316
WhatsApp: 613-795-1996
Amanda Nigh (Athletics Canada – post-Games requests)
Riley Denver (Athletics Canada – post-Games requests)
Looking for a list of all-time Canadian Olympic medallists? The best Canadian placing at the Games by event? Or even the team’s overall placing from 1900 to 2016? You’re in luck. It’s all in one place:
Updated bios of each Tokyo Olympian can also be found here