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Cham­pion mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner from Que­bec City

Canadian Running - - CONTENTS - By Amy Stu­pavsky

Charles Philib­ert-Thi­boutot

Charles Philib­ert-Thi­boutot gives new mean­ing to the phrase “fast fash­ion.” Since he be­gan run­ning track at age 15, the 27-yearold has risen through the ranks to be­come one of Canada’s top mid­dle-dis­tance run­ners with a per­sonal best time of 3:34.23 in the 1,500 m, his dis­tance of choice. Suc­cess hasn’t come with­out some sar­to­rial su­per­sti­tion, though. “I take sin­glets very se­ri­ously,” Philib­ert-Thi­boutot ex­plains. “I choose one rac­ing sin­glet and wear it through­out the sea­son. I have this be­lief that if I wear any­thing else to a race, the magic will dis­ap­pear.”

That magic has held strong through­out Philib­ertThi­boutot’s many mile­stones. In 2012, he placed sec­ond in the 1,500m at the cis Cham­pi­onships and the nacac U23 meet. In 2014, he com­peted at the World Univer­sit y Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships, and he was named cis cham­pion in the 1,500 m. He fin­ished sec­ond in the 1,500m at the 2014 and 2015 Cana­dian Cham­pi­onships. He seized bronze at the Toronto Pan Am Games in 2016 and then ran the 10th-fastest time at the iaaf World Cham­pi­onship later that sum­mer. He made his Olympic de­but at Rio 2016, plac­ing 16th af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the semi-fi­nals.

De­spite bat­tling is­sues with his sci­atic nerve and left Achilles since the Olympics, he has worked hard to re­gain his fit­ness. This past July, he snagged his third con­sec­u­tive na­tional ti­tle in the 1,500m in Ot­tawa. “It’s a val­i­dat­ing achieve­ment to have the sea­son I’m hav­ing right now,” he says. “I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing my next chal­lenges free of in­jury.” At press time, he heads into the 2019 sea­son with a goal of mak­ing the 1,500m fi­nals at the World Cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar, in Oc­to­ber.

When he’s not speed­ing around the track, he en­joys dab­bling in other sports, in­clud­ing alpine ski­ing, mu­sic and pho­tog­ra­phy. He also re­cently got en­gaged, and with a wed­ding in the works for next year, there is def­i­nitely an op­por­tu­nity to reach a new mile­stone: mak­ing a fash­ion splash with for­mal wear.

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