VIDEO: Melissa Bishop wins silver at IAAF World Championships

Melissa Bishop made Canada incredibly proud today at the world championships in Beijing. The 27-year-old Ontario athlete won silver in the women’s 800m running a 1:58:12.

Bishop placed ever so slightly behind Marina Arzamasova from Belarus who slid into first with a 1:58:03. Kenyan runner Eunice Jepkoech Sum finished third (1:58:18). See the full race below.

This silver medal comes just days after beating the Canadian record in the 800m. On Thursday morning, Bishop not only won her semi-final advancing to the finals, but she beat a 14-year record set in 2001 by Diane Cummins. Bishop ran 1:57:52. Cummins’ record had been 1:58:30.

As Canadian Press reports, this is the best Canada has done at the world championships in the event since 2001 when Cummins placed fifth.

“It’s really a dream come true,” Bishop said. “Our training has been really consistent over the last few years. This year, we’ve really worked on a few things and I’ve been waiting for the right race,” she said in a Canadian Press interview.

While Bishops season got off to a slow start due to injury, she certainly picked is up with performances like this. She also won gold last month at the Pan Am Games.