Bishop bounds past rivals on homestretch for upset Pan Am gold

By Dan Plouffe of Ottawa Sportpage

Seeded fourth in the women’s 800 metres, Melissa Bishop of the Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club bolted down the home stretch to gold on Wednesday night at York University as the Ottawa medal haul hit a remarkable total of 20 with four days left in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

“There are so many fans here and I have a lot of people from home and friends and family all around (the stadium),” noted Bishop, who ran a blazing 1 minute, 59.52-second time for her two-lap race and then a snail-pace victory lap as she stopped for hugs in the audience almost every step of the way. “It was so great to have that connection with everybody, and I’m really grateful for it.”

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