“Elation,” Evan Dunfee posted on social media Sunday morning. The Richmond, B.C. native won the men’s 10,000 metre race walk in a record-setting performance on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, U.K. Dunfee, 31, broke his own national record along with the Commonwealth Games record, in 38:36.37.
“Today’s goal was to believe in myself as much as my family and closest friends believe in me. I wavered in the middle but found it again in the closing stages,” Dunfee said. He fell back to fifth place around the halfway point, but moved up to take the lead in the closing stages. With 300m to go, Dunfee broke away to solidify the win.
Dunfee won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in the 50K race walk (which no longer exists), and finished sixth in the 35,000 km race walk at the World Athletics Championships last month in Eugene, Ore. His previous national record was 3.35 seconds slower, in 38:39.72, set in June 2021 at the Harry Jerome Track Classic.
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This is Dunfee’s first Commonwealth medal, and his third appearance at the Games. It’s Canada’s 23rd gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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