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Carleton Alum to Compete in 2008 Olympics TONIGHT

August 21, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Updated: Aug. 21, 2008

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Northfield, Minn. – Carleton alum Philip Dunn ’93 will be competing in the 50 km Race Walk tonight (6:30 p.m. CDT) at the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This will be Dunn’s third trip to the Olympics. He has competed in the race walk in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 where he finished 28th and 35th, respectively.

NBC's Olympic website states that video footage of the race will be shown with various other events on the USA Network during the 1-7 a.m. (CDT) time slot on Fri., Aug. 22. Additionally, this NBC link appears to offer a live online feed during the race and some in-progress results.

The 50 km race will start and finish at the National Stadium, and will consist of 25 round trips on a two-kilometer course at the boulevard in the Olympic Green. With the 13-hour time difference factored in, the race begins at 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning in Beijing and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night in Minnesota.

Dunn won the 50 km U.S. Olympic Team Trials in February with a time of 4 hours, 12 minutes and 55 seconds but needed a qualifying time under the Olympic B-standard of 4:07.00 in order to earn a trip to Beijing. He bettered this standard with a time of 4:05.10 in this event at the 23rd IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary, Russia, in early May.

This will be Dunn’s third trip to the Olympics, and it could be his last Olympics, as Dunn told the Oregonian "I'm getting toward the tail end of it. I'm 36 and even though guys do well into their late 30s and early 40s, this probably is the last one for me. It's such a huge time commitment."

In the 2007 season Dunn placed eighth at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and ended the season with a second place finish at the U.S. 50 km Championships. He previously won the U.S. 50 km Championships in 2001 and 2006 to go along with this year’s crown.

When he's not traversing the globe to participate in international competitions, Dunn lives in San Diego with his wife, Liz Flynn '92, and son, Miles.

During his time at Carleton, Dunn was a member of the cross-country team that qualified for nationals and as a member of the track team, earned all-conference honors in the 1,500-meter run in 1993. He also competed in race walking during the summer months. Dunn graduated cum laude and received his BA degree in English.

Dunn is one of only two Carleton graduates to compete at the Olympics. Mary (Ostergren) Hollensteiner '84 participated in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. biathlon team.

According to his USA Track & Field bio, Dunn, a native of Eugene, Ore., got his start in race walking at age 10, when he was scheduled to run a 1,500 at an age-group track meet but decided to compete in the 1,500m race walk instead. After a last-minute lesson from his father, Dunn won the race in his first exposure to the event. His twin brother, Malcolm '93 was also a race walker, ran competitively at Carleton, and is now the head cross country and track coach at Whitman College.