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SUU alumnus Cam Levins nearly wins gold, finishes with bronze at Commonwealth Games

Published: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 11:00 p.m. MDT

Moses Kipsiro, left of Uganda the winner the men's 10,000 meter race, looks down as Josphat Kipkoech Bett, of Kenya, centre, celebrates, he came second after a photograph on the line showed that Kipsiro had won, and Cameron Levins of Canada who place third, puts his hand to his face in furstration having led the race in the last straight only to be caught on the line, in Hampden Park stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. ( (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP

Southern Utah University alumnus Cameron Levins finished inches away from gold, but won the bronze medal in the 10,000-meter race Friday at 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Levins, a native of Black Creek, British Columbia, Canada, finished third with a time of 27 minutes, 56.23 seconds — a tick behind Uganda runner Moses Kipsiro, who finished with a 27:56.11 for the gold medal.

Kenya runner Josphat Kipkoech Bett won silver with a time of 27:56.14.

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event — much like the Olympics — that involves the English Commonwealth of Nations every four years. The event first began in 1930.

Levins was multiple All-American while at SUU before graduating in 2012. He also won the NCAA national title in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races in 2012. Levins also won the Bowerman Award that year, becoming the first mid-major athlete to receive the award for the top track and field athlete of the year.

He also competed in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races at the 2012 Olympics.

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