One of Canada’s best track athletes of the moment just got herself another record.


Melissa Bishop is after delivering another knockout performance on the track. The 27-year-old athlete from Eganville, Ont. got herself another Canadian track record at the AIT International Grand Prix in Ireland Wednesday evening.

Bishop is now the owner of the Canadian women’s 800m indoor record after she ran a 2:00.60 on the track yesterday. The previous record was set in 2003 by Diane Cummins who ran 2:00.66.

Bishop looked strong on the track yesterday and for spectators at the meet, it was clear she was to be the winner of the race as she pulled away from the lead pack leaving them well behind her by the start of the bell lap. Finishing just over the 2:00-minute mark, she had a two second lead over the second-place finisher.

Adelle Tracey came in after her with a time of 2:02.34 and Anastasiya Tkachuk placed third with a 2:02.44.

This isn’t Bishop’s first record. This past summer, the athlete bettered Cummins’ outdoor record of 1:58.39 when she ran 1:57.52 at the world championships in Beijing.

Few Canadian women have managed to crack the 2:00 barrier for the 800m distance. Her race landed her a silver medal at the championships and Canadian Running named it Performance of the Year.


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