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Canada's Evan Dunfee breaks national 50k race walking record in victory

Canada's Evan Dunfee earned the victory at the Australian 50-kilometre Road Walking Championships this weekend and set a new national record in the process.

Richmond, B.C. athlete trims mark by 4 minutes in Melbourne, Australia

Canadian race walker Evan Dunfee lowered the national 50k mark by over four minutes in racing to victory at the Australian Road Walking Championships in Melbourne, Australia. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

Canada's Evan Dunfee earned the victory at the Australian 50-kilometre Road Walking Championships this weekend and set a new national record in the process.

Dunfee, from Richmond, B.C., finished first in three hours 43 minutes 45 seconds. He trimmed over four minutes off the previous national mark of 3:47:48 set by Marcel Jobin in 1981, nine years before Dunfee was born.

Chris Erickson of Australia was second in 3:54:10 and Marc Mundell of South Africa was third in 3:54:12.

Dunfee's time was the seventh-fastest in the world this year and was well inside the Canadian qualifying standard of 3:54:20 for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He also took over six minutes off the personal best he set at this year's world championships in Beijing.

"I'm in really good shape, so I knew I was ready for a big one," Dunfee said after Saturday's race. "I wasn't sure whether it would be a hard or fast race really, so I didn't really make my decision until about three kilometres into the race and I thought I'd go for it. I'm really happy with it and it felt really good.

"I think there's a bit more in the tank there when push comes to shove."

Dunfee finished second at the event last year.

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