Biography:

For a few hours at Rio 2016, Evan Dunfee was an Olympic bronze medallist in the 50km race walk. After leading at the 35km mark, he had crossed the finish line in fourth place, but was upgraded to the podium with the disqualification of Japan’s Hirooki Arai, who had appeared to bump Dunfee in the closing kilometres. But after the Jury of Appeal reinstated Arai, Dunfee showed great sportsmanship in letting the issue drop and having the results stand. Dunfee’s time of 3:41:38 was a Canadian record and his fourth place finish was Canada’s best ever Olympic result in the event. Earlier in the Games he had posted a 10th place finish in the 20km race walk. Dunfee previously achieved a career highlight at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto where he won gold in the 20km race walk in front of family and friends, defeating teammate Inaki Gomez by one minute and 19 seconds. He went on to post a pair of 12th place finishes in both the 20km and 50km race walks at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He closed the year by breaking the Canadian record in the 50km race walk in Melbourne, Australia. His mark of 3:43:45 was four minutes faster than the old record that had been held by Marcel Jobin since 1981. In May 2016, Dunfee joined with Gomez, Benjamin Thorne and Mathieu Bilodeau to win silver at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. Dunfee, Gomez and Thorne had previously finished fourth, just one point off the podium, at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. He also set the Canadian 20km race walk record at 1:20:13 at that meet, a mark that would later be broken by Thorne and Gomez, but still stands as his personal best. Dunfee made his first national team in 2006, going on to compete at the IAAF World Championships at the youth (2007), junior (2008) and senior (2013, 2015) levels.

Getting to Know…

Family:  Father Don was a national team swimmer who coached athletes at Munich 1972… Mother Karen competed in diving at the Canada Games… Older brother Adam… Great-great uncle William “Rover” Forsyth competed in the 1912 Olympic marathon… Getting into the Sport: Started race walking at age 10 and won his first ever race over 800m…  Had always loved running, but then found early success in walking so he stuck with it… His intro to running came in Grade 4 when the teacher would award popsicle sticks for each 500m lap completed; he thrived on that idea and joined the local track club… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of British Columbia in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology… Vocal advocate for clean sport who stays on top of the latest news in athletics… Interested in increasing physical literacy in children…