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Charles Philibert-Thiboutot smashes Quebec record in first race post-injury

The Olympian is back from injury and better than ever

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot

Olympian Charles Philibert-Thiboutot ran his first race in a year on Saturday and smashed his outdoor personal best, indoor personal best and the Quebec record for the indoor 5,000m.

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The runner finished the Boston University Season Opener 5,000m in 13:30.79. This indoor time bests his outdoor PB by three seconds, and the Quebec indoor 5,000m record by 26 seconds. The previous record was set in 1986 by Alain Bordeleau.

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Philibert-Thiboutot wrote a blog post earlier this year announcing that his summer season was over due to injury. “A foot injury I have sustained since March has officially put me out for season for 2019. Coupled with an Achilles injury that has prevented me from running for 8 weeks in the fall, for the first time ever I am more than half of the year on the sidelines.” After over a year away from racing, the runner is back and seemingly better than ever.

Another interesting note on Philibert-Thiboutot’s race–he now shares an identical personal best 5,000m time with Ben Bruce, who he rented a room from while training in Flagstaff, AZ ahead of his performance.

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Kieran Lumb

In the same race, fellow Canadians Kieran Lumb (13:54.44) and Thomas Fafard (13:57.77) finished 13th and 14th.

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Lumb is the 2019 U Sports Cross-Country Champion and his time on Saturday was a personal best. Fafard was the unexpected bronze medallist in the 5,000m at the 2019 Canadian Championships. With three Canadian men already running under 14:00 in an indoor 5,000m, the event is looking stronger than ever heading into the Olympic year.

Full meet results can be found here.

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