Ben Thorne had the race of life last week in Beijing.
The second day of the IAAF World Championships saw the Kitimat native win a bronze medal in the 20km race walk.
Not only did he get the bronze, he also broke the Canadian record.
Thorne says he went into the race with low expectations, but by 15km in, he knew he was on track to break the Canadian record.
He says despite not making the Canadian team for the Pan Am games, getting a medal standing at the championships is where it counts.
Thorne’s training usually involves race walking distances of 150 to 160km a week, but he says after this competition, he’s looking forward to recuperating from the intense training.
He says he’s on pace to qualify at the Olympic trials next June, and just needs to make sure he doesn’t get injured.
When he’s not racing or training, Thorne is a mechanical engineering student at UBC in Vancouver.