Dunfee qualifies for worlds

Richmond's Evan Dunfee has qualified for next summer's world race walking championships in Moscow.
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Evan Dunfee can finally rest.

After enduring more than his share of close calls last year trying to qualify for the London Olympics, the 22-year-old Richmond race walker has now qualified for another major international event—next summer's world championships in Moscow.

Dunfee impressed in his 50-kilometre debut last week in Valley Cottage, N.Y., completing the course in under four hours—3:59.58 to be precise.

Dunfee had hoped to compete in the men's 10 kilometre event at the London Games last summer after winning the North America, Central American and Caribbean under-23 championship. But his winning time of 1:26.15 over 20 kilometers in Guanajuato, Mexico was just over the standard of 1:22.50 needed to be considered for inclusion on the Canadian Olympic team. Ironically had the race been at sea level, not at 5,700 feet, the time would have been equivalent to 1:22.13.

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