Cassidy finishes sixth in Commonwealth final

It was a wet evening in Glasgow, as Josh Cassidy crossed the line sixth in the T54 1500m final with a time of 3:26.24. The slick track didn’t affect Cassidy’s race plan until the final push for home. “Felt good and didn’t have any troubles with the rain at all until the final max sprint,” said Cassidy on following the race.”

“I’ve been working on rain gear ,so surprised I had issues. It wasn’t a matter of having nothing left or being at the front. The race was slow and tactically, I played it well. But I wasn’t perfect in the end so I have more work to do. Frustrating, but letting go. I was fit and did everything I could. I really thought I’d have a medal tonight. Rain or not.”

Also in action on Thursday was Melissa Bishop. Competing in the 800m semi-final, the Eganville native used a race plan she’s employed many times before. Sitting in about fourth or fifth at the bell, Melissa waited until midway down the back stretch to really kick into high gear  as she started picking off competitors one by one. As she turned the corner for home she was in second, managing to hold of English athlete Jenny Meadows as she finished in 2:01.86. Kenyan Eunice Sum took victory in 2:01.38. The same trio will go at it again in today’s final, scheduled for 3:45 pm Eastern.

You can watch Glasgow 2014 live coverage on the Commonwealth Games YouTube Channel.

For video of Josh Cassidy’s 1500m final, you can watch here: WWW.CBC.ca/sports-content/commonwealthgames/video/#id=2480513221

For video of Melissa Bishop’s 800m semi-final, you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvFT0ZllbhI