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|Born||September 28, 1990
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Evan Dunfee (born September 28, 1990) is a Canadian race walker and Olympian. An Olympic and World medalist, Dunfee first set the Canadian record in the 50 kilometres race walk (at 3:41:38) at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he placed fourth. He went on to win bronze medals at the 2019 World Athletics Championships and the 2020 Summer Olympics, both of those the last time the 50 km was to be featured as an event.
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 usually very close to teammate and training partner Gomez.
Dunfee grew up and currently lives in Richmond, British Columbia, training up to 50 km a day. He attended Kingswood Elementary and Matthew McNair Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. In his free time, he writes for Canadian Running Magazine. His work has been quoted by Associated Press and Inside the Games. Additionally, he is a KidSport ambassador. In 2018, in support of KidSport's 25th anniversary, he raised funds and walked 25km a day for 25 days.
In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 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. Dunfee set a new Canadian record in the event. He also competed in the 20-kilometre race walk, placing tenth.
After dealing with injuries, Dunfee took some time out from the sport in 2018, before beginning what he termed a restart with new goals. His work with KidSport to raise money for charity was part of an attempt to give him "a different avenue to chase [his] competitive spirit" and credited it with reinvigorating him heading into the 2019 season. Competing at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Dunfee won the bronze medal, the second medal for a Canadian in racewalk at the World Championships, and the first in the 50 km. This was the last occasion the 50 km was to be contested at the World Championships, a decision Dunfee indidcated he disagreed with. He went on to say that his full focus was on preparing for the next Olympics.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were delayed by a year. This was, as in Doha, to be the last time the 50 kilometres race walk was to be a featured event at the Olympics. In the closing metres of the race, Dunfee surged into third place and won the bronze medal, becoming the third ever Canadian racewalking Olympic medalist, and the only one in the 50 km event. He remarked afterward "I don't need a medal to validate myself. I'm proud of what I accomplished today, but I have been dreaming of this moment and winning this medal for 21 years. I am over the moon."
|10 km||40:19 min||Moncton, New Brunswick||June 22, 2013|
|20 km||1:20:13 hrs||Taicang||May 4, 2014|
|50 km||3:41:38 hrs||Rio de Janeiro||August 19, 2016|
|5000 m||18:39.08 min||Burnaby, British Columbia||June 18, 2021|
|10,000 m||38:39.72 min||Burnaby, British Columbia||June 12, 2021|
|20,000 m||1:25:15.0 hrs (ht)||Calgary, Alberta||June 25, 2011|
|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|
|2016||2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships||Rome, Italy||16th||20 km||1:21:26|
|2nd||Team (20 km)||28 pts|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||10th||20 km||1:20:49|
|2017||IAAF World Championships in Athletics||London, England||15th||50 km||3:47:36|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||8th||20 km||1:23:26|
|NACAC Championships||Toronto, Canada||1st||20 km||1:25:39|
|2019||IAAF World Championships in Athletics||Doha, Qatar||3rd||50 km||4:05:02|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||3rd||50 km||3:50:59|
†: Guest appearance out of competition.
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