Heading into Rio, Melissa Bishop was considered a favourite to win a medal in the 800m. But the Windsor-Ont. based athlete ended up a frustrating fourth, even after running what she calls “the smartest race I’ve ever put down on a track.” She even managed to break her own Canadian record in the process. Ahead of her were three athletes she’s struggled to beat who have all been scrutinized for having high testosterone levels, including South Africa’s Caster Semenya.
Bishop is candid about her feelings on her race in Rio, calling racing athletes like Semenya, who is intersex, a “scenario that we are in, and that it’s something she doesn’t discuss with her friends she races against in the 800m and not something she “can control. We have to race no matter what.”
Bishop races in the preliminary heats on Thursday at 2:25 p.m. EDT. She is in heat two, and does not face in the opening round any of the three women whom beat her in Rio.