Still champion, Philibert-Thiboutot sees the stars align for the Worlds

By virtue of his times in the 1500m and 5000m in the last twelve months, Philibert-Thiboutot was practically already qualified for the world championships in athletics in Eugene, Oregon, which will begin in mid-July. This is why he had chosen to run only the 5000m at the Nationals on Friday in British Columbia.

I needed to finish in the top two to confirm my qualification for Worlds on both distances and I was quite confident to achieve it.launches the one who crossed the finish line with a comfortable five-second lead over his closest pursuer, his friend Thomas Fafard, from the Rouge et Or.

By his own admission, Philibert-Thiboutot did not face the fiercest competition. Injured, the two best Canadian runners over the distance, Mohammed Ahmed and Justin Knight, did not participate in the race. It remains that it is always pleasant to be national champion. It’s not a trivial titlelaunches the runner from Quebec.

The best form of his career

With his trainer Félix-Antoine Lapointe, the former Rouge et Or had opted for a race strategy approaching the scenario of a 5000m at the Worlds.

There are several ways to win a race. I could have left very quickly from the start. I could have been very patient and waited for the last 200 meters to attack, but we wanted to recreate a world championship situation where, usually, it’s a gradual acceleration in the last 1000 meters. Every 200 meters I picked up the pace a bit.

A game plan executed to perfection, according to his coach. I have no difficulty in saying that Charles is in his best career form. The last months of training have gone really well and as things are going well and there are no injuries, he is confident. That too has an impactrejoices Félix-Antoine Lapointe.

A statement shared by the main interested party. At the start of the season, the execution at the end of the race was sometimes lacking, relates the 31-year-old runner. The focus on power in training and the mental work done with a sports psychologist has since paid off.

It’s as if, in the last few weeks, we’ve put together the exceptional form that I’ve gained in the last few months with a mental preparation of thunder. There, really, all the stars are aligned and I’m going to the Worlds in confidence.

Jean-Simon Desgagnés represented Canada in the 3000m steeplechase at the Universiade in Naples in July 2019.

Photo: Mathieu Belanger

Desgagnés awaits his ticket to Oregon

If we will have to wait for the official announcement for a few more days, Jean-Simon Desgagnés should also pack his bags for Oregon in a few weeks. The runner and medical student from the Rouge et Or took 3rd place in the 3000m steeplechase event at the Nationals on Friday.

It is almost a formality that he is selected. Via the world ranking, there are 45 places in the steeplechase and according to the calculations we made, Jean-Simon is 41stsays Félix-Antoine Lapointe, who will be a member of the Canadian coaching staff in Eugene.

At 23, Desgagnés should therefore take part in his first Worlds. As for his teammate Thomas Fafard, who has experienced meteoric progress this season, his 2nd place on Friday evening will not open the doors to Eugene, but he could have done enough to wear the colors of Canada later this summer. He is well placed to receive an invitation to the 5000m of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships

A competition in which another Rouge et Or, Jessy Lacourse, could also take part. Injured earlier this season during a 3000m steeplechase, the runner from Victoriaville tried to start at the Nationals, but she was unable to finish the race. She must now take the time to heal her wound.

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