Set to race in worlds, Dunfee up for national award

By Don Fennell

Published 3:49 PDT, Wed September 18, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Evan Dunfee continues down the road to Tokyo and the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

Next stop: Doha, Qatar, for the 2019 IAAF World Championships Sept. 27 to Oct. 6.

Athletics Canada announced Sept. 11 that Richmond’s Dunfee, who captured the hearts of Canadians with his show of sportsmanship and talent in race walking at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, is one of 52 athletes selected to wear Canada’s colours at the worlds. 

Dunfee is scheduled to compete in the men’s 20- and 50-kilometre race walk events in Doha. The 50k walk is set for Sept. 28 and the 20k on Oct. 4.

Fourth in the 50k at the Rio Games and the 2015 Pan-Am Games champion, Dunfee is the 50k Canadian record holder and set a new personal best record of 3 hours, 39 minutes, 21.30 seconds to win the 2019 Canadian championship.

Earlier this summer, Dunfee told the Richmond Sentinel: “The worlds? The goals 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 Rio wasn’t a fluke—more to myself than anyone.”

Dunfee also learned Thursday he’s been named a finalist for the 2019 Canada Sports Awards social responsibility award along with fellow Richmondite Rick Hansen and water skier Ryan Dodd. On his twitter account, Dunfee called it the “coolest honour ever.”

“I’ve always looked up to Rick Hansen and how to use sport as a positive force for good (easy because we live like 5k away) and now I can add (Dodd) to that list of amazing, inspiring athletes I can learn from.”

The Canada Sports Awards are Sept. 21 in Toronto.

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