Evan Dunfee wins Olympic bronze in men’s 50 kilometre walk

Evan Dunfee (Canadian Olympic Committee)

Evan Dunfee of Richmond, British Columbia is an Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s 50 kilometre walk. The bronze medalist from the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha, Dunfee posted an Olympic time of three hours, 50 minutes and 59 seconds on Thursday (Friday in Japan) at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The race actually took place in Sapporo, Japan, the host city of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games.

Dawid Tomala of Poland won the gold medal with a time of three hours, 50 minutes and eight seconds. Jonathan Hilbert of Germany won the silver medal with a time of three hours, 50 minutes and 44 seconds. Dunfee meanwhile reached the Olympic podium by nine seconds over Marc Tur of Spain, who had a fourth place time of three hours, 51 minutes and eight seconds.

Dunfee becomes the third Canadian to win an Olympic medal in race walking in the history of the Olympic Games, and is the first Canadian walker to win a medal in the 50 kilometre walk. At the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, George Goulding of Toronto, Ontario won the gold medal in the men’s 10 kilometre walk, and at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona,¬†Guillaume LeBlanc of Sept-Iles, Quebec of Sept-Iles, Quebec won the silver medal in the men’s 20 kilometre walk.

Canada has now won 19 medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (five gold medals, five silver medals, and nine medals). They are in 13th place in the overall medal standings.

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