Bishop and Makinde qualify for Francophone finals

Day four of athletics competition of the Francophone Games saw three Lions in competition with hammer thrower Sultana Frizell the only one competing in a final. After sitting in third for the majority of the competition with a best throw of 67.85m, Frizell was passed by Alexandra Travernier of France in the sixth and final round to push down into fourth.

On the track, both Melissa Bishop and Oluwasegun Makinde made it through their respective preliminaries to qualify for tomorrow’s finals. In the women’s 800m, Bishop’s  goal was  ” a top 2 finish to guarantee a spot in the final and really to just enjoy it.” Comfortably finishing second in the second semi-final in 2:06.76 achieved her goal with room to spare, noting “I thought the race went well for me, I got in a good spot and thought I responded well to others.”  Heading into tomorrow’s final, Bishop’s goal is simple, ” to be on that podium, I’d like to the end the season off well.”

After his relay gold Thursday, Oluwasegun Makinde return to the track for the 200m semi-finals. Running out of lane six in the first semi-final, Makinde ran away from the field, winning in 20.90 despite a 1.5m/s headwind. The time proved to be the fastest of the day, more than half a second ahead of the closest competitor. The former University of Ottawa Gee-Gee will again be in lane 6 for tomorrow’s final which goes at 9:30am eastern.