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Canadian 1500m specialist Charles Philibert-Thiboutot won the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday. He won in the time of 13:35, which is a new Canadian road 5K record.
The Quebec City native took down Olympian Paul Williams’ record of 13:36 which was set in 1986 in Carlsbad, CA at the Carlsbad 5000.
“It’s always nice to get a win,” said the 2016 Canadian Olympian at 1500 meters. “It was a super fun race, too. I’ve been having my best workouts ever at altitude, and that doesn’t lie. I came down and I’m like, ‘you know what, I’m going to go for the win.’ I showed up to the front line with that confidence and I’m glad because it paid off.”
Philibert-Thiboutot set a new 28-second personal best and held off a late kick by New Zealand’s Geordie Beamish who settled for second place.
The 31-year-old “CPT” owns a best of 3:34.23 in the 1500m distance as well as a 5000m personal record of 13:22.44. Philibert-Thiboutot is a Pan Am Games bronze medallist, 2016 Rio Olympian and a four-time national champion.
The University of Laval grad finished ahead of a rich field which included Beamish who took second place in the time of 13:36 and Zouhair Talbi of Morroco for third in 13:36 as well.
The top-three women were Senbere Tefere of Ethiopian for the win in 14:49. American Weini Kelati in 15:04 and the third-place finisher was Kenyan Sharon Lokedi clocking a 15:16 performance.
Teferi set a new B.A.A. 5K record in the process.
“My main goal was to break the world record, but I’m thinking it was a little bit windy,” said the two-time World Athletics Championships silver medalist, who came to Boston on the heels of a 1:07:34 win at last month’s NYC Half. “I’m very happy to get the course record here.”
Mile Invitational top-three
Women’s BAA Invitational Mile
Annie Rodenfels (USA) — 4:35.51
Taryn Rawlins (USA) — 4:35.59
Emily Lipari (USA) — 4:36.98
Men’s BAA Invitational Mile
Johnny Gregorek (USA) — 4:08.15
Kasey Knevelbaard (USA) — 4:08.88
Shane Streich (USA) — 4:09.28