Melissa Bishop-Nriagu is continuing her streak of racing at home and running her first 800m since giving birth at the 2019 Speed River Inferno in Guelph, Ont. The Canadian 800m record holder is set to race a strong group of women, including Canadian 800m indoor record holder Jenna Westaway.

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Bishop-Nriagu opened her 2019 outdoor season only two weeks ago with a 1,500m personal best of 4:09.36 – an amazing way to start her first season post-baby. This year’s Inferno coincides with the 2019 OFSAA Championships, so runners and spectators of OFSAA should stick around to watch one of the fastest 800m runners in the world compete at home.

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Other notables entires in the Inferno are ​Philip Osei and Austin Cole, both members of the medal winning mixed 4x400m at last month’s World Relays.

Speed River Inferno

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Following the Inferno, Bishop-Niragu will race the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C. The 800m runner’s main goal remains Tokyo 2020. “I need to reestablish myself and put some times down in order to be invited to the big meets. This summer, racing will be more local than I’m used to but that’s fine. My main goal isn’t this summer, it’s 2020.”

Inferno schedule

7:02 pm Women’s Pole Vault
7:05 pm Men’s 110m Hurdles heats
7:12 pm Women’s 100m Hurdle heats
7:22 pm Women’s 100m heats
7:30 pm Men’s High Jump
7:32 pm Men’s 100m heats
7:40 pm Women’s 800m (2 sections)
7:50 pm Men’s 800m
7:57 pm Women’s 400m
8:02 pm Men’s 400m
8:10 pm Women’s 1500m
8:20 pm Men’s 1500m
8:32 pm Women’s 100m Hurdle FINAL
8:40 pm Men’s 110m Hurdles FINAL
8:47 pm Women’s 100m FINAL
8:55 pm Men’s 100m FINAL

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