In an exhilarating males’s 5,000m closing on the 2023 Pan American Video games, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot earned Staff Canada’s first monitor and subject medal, profitable silver in 14:48.02.
The 5,000m closing become a tactical race after a gradual first three laps, which performed into Philibert-Thiboutot’s strengths, given his middle-distance background. With one lap to go, all eight rivals remained in competition, and Philibert-Thiboutot positioned himself on the entrance for a podium end.
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot strides to Silver in Santiago! 🇨🇦🥈@Chuck_PT completed 2nd within the 5000m closing with a implausible time of 14:48.02 to carry dwelling the primary medal for @TeamCanada in Athletics on the 2023 Santiago Pan Am Video games!
📸 by Thomas Skrlj/COC#Santiago2023 pic.twitter.com/DZmkKQTwQB
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) November 1, 2023
The race led to a dash, as Mexico’s Daniel Martinez edged out American Kasey Knevelbaard on the end line for gold by one one-hundredth of a second, with Philibert-Thiboutot beating out Brazil’s Altobeli Da Silva for bronze.
Martinez started to have a good time his gold medal and went to take a photograph with Knevelbaard and Philibert-Thiboutot. Nevertheless, proper after the picture was taken, he was notified by race officers that he was disqualified and wouldn’t obtain the gold medal. In response to officers, Martinez was disqualified for impeding Knevelbaard (blocking his passing try) within the closing dash to the end. The motion hindered Knevelbaard’s progress, who was in second place. Officers noticed the blockage as intentional and prevented Knevelbaard from profitable gold.
WHAT A FINISH 🇨🇦
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot with a podium efficiency within the males’s 5000m at #Santiago2023 @AthleticsCanada pic.twitter.com/7v021KBh0Q
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) November 1, 2023
Comité Olímpico Mexicano (COM) protested the ruling, however Martinez’s disqualification stood. Brazil’s Da Silva was upgraded to the bronze medal place, whereas Philibert-Thiboutot moved as much as silver and Knevelbaard to gold.
This marks the second Pan American Video games medal of Philibert-Thiboutot’s profession. The 32-year-old beforehand received bronze within the males’s 1,500m on the 2015 Pan American Video games in Toronto.
Jeux panaméricains 2023
5000m ☑️ 🥈
1500m ce jeudi. pic.twitter.com/jFrmCOCNG3
— Felix A Lapointe (@CoachLapointe) November 1, 2023
“At present, the plan wasn’t to exit quick, however to be within the prime three and struggle for my place there,” stated Philibert-Thiboutot to Athletics Canada about his silver medal. “On the final lap, I had to verify I used to be in place to go for gold–which I feel I did nicely.”
Philibert-Thiboutot could have the chance so as to add one other medal to his assortment as he’s set to compete within the males’s 1,500m on Thursday.
You’ll be able to view the upcoming schedule and full outcomes from the 2023 Pan American Video games right here.