Three Canadians set new record at race walk event in Taicang, China
Sunday, May 04, 2014 11:30 am
TAICANG, China - A trio of race walkers dipped below the Canadian record in the men's 20-kilometre race walk on Sunday at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China today.
Overall five athletes registered personal best performances, including a team best ever performance by the men, in the two-day event.
Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., Vancouver's Inaki Gomez and Ben Thorne of Kitimat, B.C., all bested the Canadian record time in the men's 20-kilometre event. Dunfee finished 11th in one hour 20 minutes 13 seconds, Inaki Gomez was 12th in 1:20:18 and Benjamin Thorne was 13th in 1:20:19.
The previous Canadian record of 1:20:58 was held by Gomez and set at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bruno Carriere of Lachute, Que., also finished with a personal best in the men's 20-kilometre race walk clocking in at 1:33:08. Creighton Connolly was disqualified.
The men's team finished fourth overall, just one point off the podium, the best finish registered by a Canadian team ever at this event.