Evan Dunfee

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Evan Dunfee
Personal information
Born (1990-09-28) September 28, 1990 (age 27)
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Country  Canada
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Racewalking

Evan Dunfee (born September 28, 1990 in Richmond, British Columbia)[1] is a Canadian race walker and Olympian. He set the Canadian records in the 20 kilometres race walk (at 1:20:13) and the 15 km walk in progress (at 1:00:06+) at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China. Both records also count as North American area records. At the 2016 Summer Olympics he set a new Canadian record in the 50 kilometres race walk, where he placed 4th.


He competed for his national team in the 50K walk at the 2013 World Championships, finishing in under 4 hours at 3:59:28. He won a bronze medal with his team at the 2013 World University Games where two of the winning Russian race walkers, Denis Strelkov and Andrey Ruzavin have since been suspended for doping violations. Dunfee is the 2012 champion and record holder for the 20 km walk at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics. He was the silver medalist at the Athletics at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie. He has several near misses finishing fourth at the 2009 Pan American Race Walking Cup, the 2013 Pan American Race Walking Cup, 2015 Pan American Race Walking Cup and the 2012 Oceania Race Walking Championships and sixth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games[2] usually very close to teammate and training partner Gomez.

Dunfee lives in Richmond, British Columbia, training up to 50 km a day while also studying Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and also went to Kingswood Elementary and Graduated in 2003.[3] In his free time he is an active blogger both for his own diary[4] and for Athletics Canada where he is the leading journalist/investigator of the doping scandal and coverup surrounding Russian coach Viktor Chegin.[5] His work has been quoted by Associated Press[6] and Inside the Games[7]

He set his 50 km personal best of 3:58:34 on December 14, 2014 at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne.[8]

In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.[9] In the 50 kilometre race walk, Hirooki Arai of Japan initially finished third. He was then disqualified for making contact with Dunfee, but Arai's medal was reinstated on a further appeal. Dunfee advised the Canadian team against making a further appeal.[10] Dunfee set a new Canadian record in the event. He also competed in the 20 kilometre race walk, placing tenth.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Road walk
10 km 40:19 min Canada Moncton, New Brunswick 22 Jun 2013
20 km 1:20:13 hrs China Taicang 4 May 2014
50 km 3:41:38 hrs Brazil Rio de Janeiro 19 Aug 2016
Track walk
5000 m 18:53.06 min Canada Vancouver, British Columbia 5 Apr 2014
10,000 m 39:55.52 min Canada Coquitlam, British Columbia 15 Jul 2012
20,000 m 1:25:15.0 hrs (ht) Canada Calgary, Alberta 25 Jun 2011

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 23rd 10,000 m 47:40.86
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 10th 10,000 m 42:56.82
2009 Pan American Race Walking Cup (U20) San Salvador, El Salvador 4th 10 km 44:16
Pan American Junior Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 6th 10,000 m 43:27.04
2010 World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua, México 20 km DNF
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 6th 20 km 1:28:13
2011 Universiade Shenzhen, China 14th 20 km 1:29:13
2012 Oceania Race Walking Championships Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 4th 20 km 1:25:17
World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 20 km DNF
15th Team (20 km) 180 pts
NACAC U23 Championships Irapuato, México 1st 20,000 m 1:26:15.32 A
2013 Pan American Race Walking Cup Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala 4th 20 km 1:25:43 A
Universiade Kazan, Russia 21st 20 km 1:31:07
3rd Team (20 km) 4:20:35
World Championships Moscow, Russia 36th 50 km 3:59:28
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 2nd 20 km 1:25:30
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 11th 20 km 1:20:13
4th Team (20 km) 36 pts
2015 Pan American Race Walking Cup Arica, Chile 4th 20 km 1:21:54
1st Team (20 km) 21 pts
World Championships Beijing, China 12th 20 km 1:21:48
12th 50 km 3:49:56
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10th 20 km 1:20:49
4th 50 km 3:41:38
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 8th 20 km 1:23:26
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 1st 20,000 m 1:25:39.00

: Guest appearance out of competition.


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