Melissa Bishop had stated at the outset of these Commonwealth Games her goal was to be in the final, which she accomplished with flying colours on Friday night in Glasgow. The pride of Eganville finished eighth in a race won by 2013 World Champion Eunice Sum of Kenya. After crossing the line in 2:02.61, Bishop reflected on the competition, saying, “I had a great two days.”
With 150m left to go in the final, Melissa looked poised to make a final kick for home, but just as she was getting ready to go wide to pass, it appeared she was boxed in by an oncoming English runner and was never able to break loose.
“The ultimate goal was to get to the final and anything else is a bonus,” said Bishop. “I am happy to be here, hope it is a building block for things to come.”
Also competing on Friday was Michael Robertson, who lined up on the anchor leg for Canada in the men’s 4x400m relay. After receiving the baton in third place, Robertson demonstrated patience, bidding his time until the final corner before kicking past the Australian team to bring the baton across in 3:04.37 and temporarily earn Canada a spot in the final. However, it was later announced the team had been disqualified for starting outside of the takeover zone.
Reflecting on the events, Robertson said, “I am grateful and thankful for the experience and the support from everyone! Unbelievable time and I look forward to the success to come!”