World Championship silver medalist Melissa Bishop stepped up in distance to open her 2016 season Saturday at the University of Windsor, running a world leading time of 4 minutes 17.91 seconds to win the 1500m. The Eganville native took control from the gun, separating herself from the field and built on it through out the race, finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Bishop joins Ottawa Lions teammate Tim Nedow at the top of the IAAF performance lists early in the season. Nedow, a native of Brockville, produced a lifetime best throw of 20.98m in the shot put in November at a competition in Provo, Utah to lead the world by more than half a metre. Both athletes are expected to be key members of Canada’s entry at this summer’s Olympic Games.