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Canada’s Cam Levins wins award as NCAA’s top male track and field athlete

Canada's Cameron Levins runs a personal best in his men's 5000m round 1 heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012.

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Canada's Cam Levins capped a memorable 2012 in style on Wednesday.

The long-distance runner from Black Creek, B.C., won the Bowerman award as the NCAA's top male track and field athlete after a standout year for Southern Utah University.

Levins, who competed for Canada at the London Olympics, swept the NCAA outdoor crowns at 5,000 and 10,000 metres.

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His time of 28 minutes 7.14 seconds was the best 10,000-metre time at the U.S. collegiate event since 1984. Meanwhile, in the 5,000 metres, Levins closed in 54.28 seconds on the final lap and 1:59.66 over the last 800 metres to win by more than a second (13:40.05).

At the NCAA indoor championships, he placed third in the 3,000 metres and fourth in the 5,000 metres.

At the London Games, Levins held his own in a star-studded 10,000-metre field, finishing 11th. He then battled a chest ailment to cross 14th in the 5,000.

LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan won The Bowerman award as the top female track and field athlete.

Editor's Note: In this story on Canadian runner Cam Levins winning the NCAA's Bowerman award, The Canadian Press erroneously reported his hometown as Black Oak, B.C. In fact, he is from Black Creek, B.C. This version has been corrected.

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