The Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C. this Saturday saw a few exciting results, but it was race walker Evan Dunfee’s performance in the 10,000m race walk that eclipsed all others. The Olympian from Richmond, B.C., crossed the line in 38:39.72, nearly 15 seconds ahead of his previous national record of 38:54.20, which he set in 2019.
Who needs wave-lights, carbon plated pebax foam shoes and pacers?! Not this guy! 🙅♂️
Knew that these 50km legs weren’t going to have much kick, so needed to just be as consistent as I could.
We are on track. pic.twitter.com/ynuAt1i5f7
— Evan Dunfee (@EvanDunfee) June 13, 2021
The 30-year-old, who also holds the Canadian record in the 50K race walk, has already been selected to the Canadian Olympic team for the 50K. This will be his second Olympics, after placing fourth in the 50K race walk at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Other exciting results this weekend included Vancouver’s Luc Bruchet, who ran 13:12.56 in the 5,000m, dipping under the Olympic standard of 13:13.50. This is also a personal best, and a 10-second improvement from his previous best mark of 13:22.66 from just two weeks ago.
Over in Windsor, Ont. at the Johnny Loaring Classic, three women ran under 2:01 in the 800m, led by Olympian Melissa Bishop-Nriagu, who set a new meet record of 1:59.50. Second and third place went to Madeleine Kelly and Lucia Stafford, who both set personal bests, of 2:00.11 and 2:00.80, respectively. Not only did these results improve both women’s world ranking, they also inched them closer to the 1:59.50 Olympic standard. Alicia Brown and Philip Osei also set meet records in their respective 400m races, crossing in 52.49 and 46.31.
The deadline to hit Olympic-qualifying times is June 29, and with just two weeks to go until that date, there will be plenty more action on the track to come.