Charles Philibert-Thiboutot wins silver in men’s 5000m at Pan American Games

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (Ricardo Augusto, Wikimedia Commons)

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City, Quebec won the silver medal on Tuesday in the men’s 5000 metres at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. It was Canada’s only medal on Halloween Tuesday.

Philibert-Thiboutot had a second place time of 14 minutes, 48.02 seconds. Kasey Knevelbaard of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 14 minutes, 47.69 seconds. Altobeli da Silva of Brazil won the bronze medal with a time of 14:48.18. Philibert-Thiboutot reached the podium by 2.81 seconds over Santiago Catrofe of Uruguay, who had a fourth place time of 14:50.83.

Philibert-Thiboutot’s personal best time in the men’s 5000 metres is 13:12.76. That came in San Juan Capistrano, California on May 6, 2022, as he finished seventh in that event. The Canadian record in the men’s 5000 metres belongs to Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ontario. He had a time of 12 minutes, 47.20 seconds in winning gold at the Bowerman Track Club Intrasquad II Meet in Portland, Oregon on July 10, 2020. When Ahmed won the silver medal in the men’s 5000 metres at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, Ahmed had a time of 12:58.61.

Canada now has won 106 medals at the 2023 Pan American Games. They have won 35 gold medals, 33 silver medals and 38 bronze medals. The United States lead with 178 medals and Brazil is second with 125 medals.

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