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Cameron Levins of Black Creek, British Columbia has a dilemma on his hands. The concern is not whether he will be competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games, rather which distance he will end up competing in.
The 23-year-old Levins qualified for the Olympics by taking down the 5000m Canadian Olympic A+ standard of 13:19.62, by running 13:18.47 at the Mt. Sac Relays, Friday, April 20th. He then raced the 10,000m distance at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational Sunday, April 30th, where he trounced the competition with his 27:27.96, the second fastest 10,000m time in Canadian history. Only Simon Bairu has run faster with his 27:23.63 from the same meet in 2010. Asked about which distance he prefers, Levins said, “I’m truly not sure. If I run the 10,000m though I might as well run the 5k as heats are four days later and obviously wouldn’t harm the 10k.”
Levins did not appear to be as stressed as his competitors did during the final lap in the 25-lap 10,000m race. Asked if he feels if he could run faster if pushed he said, “I believe I can go 27:0x and 13:0x right now. However, it is a long time until the Olympics and I feel like I am improving with each race I run.” Which begs the question, can he run a 10,000m race in the 26th minute and run sub-13 at the 5,000m distance? And will he own both Canadian records before the end of 2012? First he needs to finish up with the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Championships, which take place June 6 through June 9th in Drake Stadium at Des Moines, Iowa.