Evan Dunfee has lowered one of his two Canadian outdoor records. Dunfee finished the B.C. Athletics Championships 10,000m race walk in 38:54.20, beating his previous record of 39:21.30 by nearly 30 seconds.

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Dunfee also holds the Canadian 50K race walk record at 3:41:38, which he set in 2016 at the Olympics. His 2016 Olympic race was a controversial one. Dunfee was temporarily upgraded to a bronze medal due to contact made with a Japanese athlete. However, the Japanese team appealed his upgrade and he was ultimately awarded fourth place.

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Dunfee released a statement post-race that read, “What a day, fourth place at the Olympics in a new national record. I couldn’t be more proud of my efforts out on the course today, I know that I left everything I possibly had out there and I can’t ask for anything more than that. As many of you know after the race I was temporarily upgraded to the bronze medal due to a disqualification of the Japanese athlete after an altercation we had around the 49K mark. Following the race our coaching staff asked for a review of the video at which point the track referee decided that an infraction had taken place. Following that the Japanese, as is their right, filed an appeal. This afternoon we learned that this appeal was successful and he had been reinstated to the bronze medal position.”

Evan Dunfee
Photo via Athletics Canada.

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Dunfee has been named to the 2019 World Championship team for the 50K race walk and is clearly in good shape. He will be hunting for a strong finish at the championships and then potentially his first Olympic medal the following year.

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