Dunfee breaks own Canadian record

By Don Fennell

Published 10:20 PDT, Mon June 14, 2021

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Mon July 5, 2021

It was five years ago, plus a day, that Evan Dunfee established a personal best time of 39 minutes, 21.30 seconds in the 10,000 metre race walk at a meet in Coquitlam.

Saturday (June 12) he bettered his own Canadian record by almost a full minute at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic in a closed event at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium, completing the distance in 38.39.72.

It was appropriate that Richmond’s Dunfee, on his way to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo which are scheduled to begin July 23 where he’s expected to compete in the 50-kilometre race, break his own record with his older brother Adam calling the race. It was Adam (now a Toronto-based broadcaster) who first introduced Evan to race walking in high school.

“Really cool to have my brother be able to commentate this record breaking walk,” he tweeted, after Adam served up this tweet: “Congrats @EvanDunfee on shattering your Canadian 10,000m race walk record! At this point the only thing I can hold over you is that I have better hair.”

Evan said he’s always prided himself on his ability to lock into a pace, but said he was able to take it to the “next level” on the weekend.

“This was also the least I’ve checked my watch in a long time," he said.

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