RIO DE JANEIRO – Canadian race walker Evan Dunfee is losing his bronze medal in the 50-kilometre event at the Rio Olympics.
Japan’s Hirooki Arai originally finished third but was disqualified for elbowing Dunfee in the final minutes of the race.
Hirooki then filed his own protest and won to regain the medal.
An Athletics Canada official confirmed Dunfee was bumped back to fourth.
Dunfee, who was leading at the 45-kilometre mark, finished in three hours 41 minutes 38 seconds, breaking his own Canadian record of 3:43:45. Teammate Mathieu Bilodeau of Calgary didn’t finish.
After crossing the finish line, Dunfee was one of several walkers, who braved challenging conditions, to fall to the ground and receive treatment from medical personnel.
Slovakia’s Matej Toth won gold in 3:40:58 while Australia’s Jared Tallent was second in 3:41:16.
Dunfee won gold in the 20 kilometres at last summer’s Pan American Games.