Biography:

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot has recently established himself as one of Canada’s top middle distance runners. In 2012 he finished second in the 1500m at both the CIS Championships and the NACAC U23 meet. In 2014 he was crowned CIS Champion in the 1500m and finished second at the senior Canadian Championships. He also competed at the 2014 World University Cross-Country Championships. In 2015 he again finished second in the 1500m at the Canadian championships. Soon thereafter he ran his personal best time in the distance, 3:34.23, just one week before capturing bronze at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He made his IAAF World Championship debut later in the summer, running the 10th-fastest time in the semifinals but unable to advance to the final. Philibert-Thiboutot made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he advanced to the 1500m semifinals.

Getting to know…

Family: Father Denis Thiboutot and mother Hélène Philibert… Brother William Philibert and sister Laura-Emmanuelle Philibert… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 15… His physical education teacher thought he’d be well-suited for the middle distances because he had great endurance when playing other sports…  Outside Interests: Enjoys alpine skiing, music, sports, photography… Graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and diploma in public relations… Supports the Fondation Bruny Surin… Odds and Ends: Role model is Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis for his humbleness and year by year improvement… Nickname: CPT… Favourite motto: There’s what life gives you and what you make it; these are the two forces that make you what you are…