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.

Melissa Bishop
Photo: Claus Andersen/Athletics Canada

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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.

Speed River Inferno men’s 1,500. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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.

Women’s 800m, Guelph Inferno 2019. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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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.

Speed River Inferno. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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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.

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