Canadian high jumpers came 1-2 at the Millrose Games in New York City on February 11th. Derek Drouin continued his fine indoor season, winning on the count back from team mate, Mike Mason as they both cleared 2.27m. Charles Philibert –Thiboutot just missed Nate Brannen’s Canadian indoor mile record by 1.01 seconds with his 3:55.34
Mo Ahmed came close to his own Canadian record in the indoor 3000m on his way to the 2 mile time of 8:13.16 in New York last Saturday. His time in the 3000m was 7:41.13 just shy of his own record of 7:40.11 set in the 2016 indoor season. At the Prefontaine meet in May he set the Canadian outdoor 5000m record with his 13:01.74. At the Rio Olympics he just missed the podium with his fourth place finish.
Damian Desrochers reported in the Daily record
On Feb. 3, in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, Ahmed published a column on CBC.com in which he described lifelong problems trying to cross the border from Canada to the United States, including a harrowing incident en route to a recruiting visit at the University of Washington.
Ahmed, a Canadian resident and citizen since his youth who ran for the country in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was born in Mogadishu in Somalia, one of seven nations whose citizens were subject to a travel ban and “extreme vetting” under the president’s controversial late-January order.
Ahmed questioned whether the order would do anything “to improve security concerns” and warned about its potential negative impact on global terror.
“This ban has the potential to serve as a recruiting tool for extremists among young Americans who already feel disconnected and isolated from the rest of society,” he wrote. “Enacting a ‘Muslim ban’ seems counterintuitive. Aside from the destructive repercussions this executive order could have domestically, the ban hurts the very people who are most affected by extremism… those seeking refuge in America.”