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Dunfee shatters national record

By Don Fennell

Published 3:48 PDT, Tue July 23, 2019

Evan Dunfee didn’t just break his own Canadian record Sunday. He shattered it.

Evan Dunfee didn’t just break his own Canadian record Sunday. He shattered it.

The Canadian Olympic race walker from Richmond, a graduate of McNair Secondary, lopped nearly 30 seconds off his previous best time of 39:21.30 to win the B.C. Athletics Championships men’s 10,000 metre race in a sizzling 38:54.20 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

“I had a bit of an easier week and training has been going really well,” Dunfee, 28, told the Richmond Sentinel. “Everything has indicated that I was ready for a fast one. It just worked out that this race was timed well with training, and that the weather was perfect. Light rain, no wind and fairly cool.”

Dunfee previously set the national standard in the 10,000 metre race in June 2016 at a meet in Coquitlam. He also holds the Canadian 50 kilometre record of 3:41.38 which he established with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was following this race that he endeared himself to Canadians from coast to coast with his high degree of sportsmanship. He appeared to be bumped during the final leg of the race but refused to appeal the final decision.

Next up for Dunfee are the Canadian Track and Field Championships July 25 to 30 in Montreal. From there, it’s off to the Pan Ams a week later (July 26 to Aug. 11) in Lima, Peru where he’s scheduled to compete in the 20 kilometre race walk. He’s then planning to head to Europe for altitude and heat training, before embarking on the world championships at the end of September in Doha, Qatar. He’ll be racing 50 kilometres.

“The goal for Pan Ams is certainly to win a medal,” Dunfee says, confident he’ll at least be in the hunt.

“Worlds? The goal is to be up there as well. I’ve had some good 50k work so I’m confident I’m back where I was in 2016 and ready to prove that Rio wasn’t a fluke—more to myself than anyone.”

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