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Watch Melissa Bishop’s post-race interview with CBC Sports at the 2017 IAAF World Championships as she’s asked about the ongoing controversy in regards to hyperandrogenism, Caster Semenya and the women’s 800m.

“These girls are competing just like we are,” she says when CBC Sports’ Perdita Felicien asks the 29-year-old from Eganville, Ont. about her thoughts on whether the women’s 800m has a “level playing field” and whether she and her competitors put “much thought into it.” The interview was conducted shortly after the women’s 800m final on Sunday in London.


Bishop, the Canadian record holder in the 800m, finished fifth and was unable to reach the podium for the second consecutive IAAF World Championships after winning silver in Beijing in 2015. Bishop ran 1:57.68 with Semenya taking the victory in 1:55.16.

Read the full race report, with race video, here.

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  • Jonathan Jackson San Luis says:

    Melissa Bishop is classy. It could have been so easy to blame one’s performance or disappointments on another. Let’s face it, it’s a stacked field regardless. Runners like Caster Semenya have the odds stacked against them in daily life too. They’re here despite the challenges. They’re already winners in my book.

  • Ottawa says:

    If one looks at the performances of all these athletes this season, Mel earned the spot she got. She is the fifth fastest women in the 800 m this year. Ajee Wilson is a new face who pushed Mel back one more spot. 5th in the world is incredibly amazing. Congats to Mel.

  • Ms. Bishop exudes elite performance at the highest levels, both on the track and as an ambassador for the sport and country. As for the question, it is bewildering. Answered long ago in courts and rug labs, it’s a missed opportunity to learn more about her sublime excellence in favour of the TV version of click bait and sensationalism. Don’t know who the reporter was, but the question was in poor taste, stale dated and poor journalism.

  • What bothers me is that I don’t even think the women who have the ‘intersex advantage’ are even all that naturally gifted of athletes. I predict that an intersex woman who is gifted will come along sometime in the next 20 years and run a 1:49. Then we’ll really be forced to examine this issue more thoroughly.

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