Canada’s Evan Dunfee finished 15th in the the men’s 50-kilometre walk at the world championships in London, England, on Sunday.
Dunfee’s time of three hours, 47 minutes and 36 seconds was 14:24 behind three-time European champion Yohann Diniz of France.
At 39, Diniz is the oldest man to win a gold medal at the world championships and his time was the second fastest in history. Diniz also set the world record of 3:32:33 in 2014.
Hirooki Arai was second in 3:41:17, two seconds ahead of Japanese teammate Kai Kobayashi in third. Matthew Bilodeau finished 25th with a season’s best time of 3:56:54.
Henriques takes title, world record
On the women’s side, Ines Henriques of Portugal set a world record while winning the first women’s 50-kilometre walk at the world championships.
Henriques bettered her own record by winning in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds on the two-kilometre loop in central London. She set the previous record of 4:08:26 earlier this year.
Yin Hang was second in 4:08:58, followed by Chinese teammate Yang Shuqing in 4:20:49
Yang Jiayu of China won the women’s 20-kilometre walk at the world championships.
Yang finished in a personal best 1:26:18 on the two-kilometre loop in central London, only one second ahead of Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico.
Antonella Palmisano of Italy was third in 1:26:36.
Lyu Xiuzhi had been in line for bronze, but the Chinese walker was disqualified with about 50 metres to go.