Charles Philibert-Thiboutot got a big kick out of the men’s 5,000m final on Halloween night. His time of 14:48.02 was good for silver – Canada’s first track and field medal at the Pan American Games.
There was drama at the finish line, as Mexican Fernando Daniel Martinez overtook American Casey Nevelbard at the finish line to take first place by a hundredth of a second. However, that was not to be the case, as Fernandez was disqualified, moving Knevelbaard to the gold medal position and moving Philibert-Thiboutot to silver.
The 32-year-old from Quebec earned his second Pan American Games medal, improving on his bronze medal performance at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto here in Chile.
“I feel good about it. It was a very strategic race. Today, my plan was not to go out fast, but to be in the top three and fight for my position there. Then on the last lap, I made sure I was in a position to get Gold medal – which I think I did well. “I was a bit lacking in the last 100 meters to get the gold medal,” said Philibert Thibautot. “I place a lot of value on the Pan American Games. I think it’s a great opportunity – the biggest multi-sport Games besides the Olympics. “It was important for me to come back and perform well.”
Earlier in the evening, Keira Christie-Galloway booked her place in the women’s 100m hurdles final, finishing third.Research and development In the semi-finals with a time of 13.36 seconds.
“I was really excited and keen to get my legs moving. I got into the box and said: ‘I know how to do this’. I’ve done it before. I was confident in the races I’d been in since I was 15, so I stayed “Relaxed.”
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