Benjamin Thorne
Ben Thorne at the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Personal information
Born (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 28)
EducationUniversity of British Columbia[1]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)20 kilometres walk

Benjamin Gary Thorne (born 19 March 1993 in Kitimat) is a Canadian athlete specialising in the race walking.[2] He represented his country in the 20 kilometres at the 2013 World Championships finishing twentieth. Two years later he won the bronze medal.

Thorne won the NAIA 20-kilometre race walk event in 2012 and 2015.[3]

In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team.[4]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 84th 20 km walk 1:31:26
World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 20 km walk DQ
2013 Pan American Race Walking Cup Guatemala City, Guatemala 20 km walk DNF
Universiade Kazan, Russia 16th 20 km walk 1:26:59
World Championships Moscow, Russia 20th 20 km walk 1:24:26
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 4th 20 km walk 1:30:50
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 13th 20 km walk 1:20:19
NACAC U23 Championships Kamloops, Canada 1st 20,000 m walk 1:29:08.64
2015 Pan American Race Walking Cup Arica, Chile 10th 20 km walk 1:24:36
Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 2nd 20 km walk 1:21:33
World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 20 km walk 1:19:57
2016 World Race Walking Team Championships Rome, Italy 5th 20 km walk 1:19:55
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 4th 20 km walk 1:20:49

Personal bests


  1. ^ "2015 WSG profile". Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  2. ^ Benjamin Thorne at World Athletics
  3. ^ "Bernard, Thorne and White selected to Canada's Universiade team". UBC Thunderbirds. UBC Thunderbirds. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016.