Melissa Bishop-Nriagu won the Guelph Inferno 800m on Friday night in a new meet record of 2:01.01. Friday was Bishop’s 800m season opener and first two-laper since giving birth last July. Bishop followed pacer Rachel Jewett for the first lap and took the lead from 400 metres through to the finish.
She was followed by Canadian indoor record holder Jenna Westaway in 2:01.80 and Sioffra Cleirigh-Buttner in 2:01.91. The top five runners were under the previous meet record held by Amanda Eccleston at 2:02:16.
Two weeks ago at the Johnny Loaring Classic in Windsor, Bishop-Nriagu ran her first race since giving birth in a 1,500m personal best of 4:09.36. To follow up her strongest-ever 1,500m with a 2:01 low is an extremely promising start to the Canadian record-holder’s season. Next up for Bishop is the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C.
In the men’s 800m, Stephen Evans of the Ottawa Lions took the win in 1:49.61, Andrew LeBlanc was second in 1:50.44 and third place went to Corey Bellemore in 1:51.08.
In the women’s 1,500m, Canadian steeplechase record holder Gen Lalonde ran a new personal best of 4:08.54, which is also a new meet record. Second place went to Lianne Farber in 4:11.30 and third place went to Katrina Coogan, also in 4:11.30. Full results can be found here.