While Melissa Bishop broke the Canadian outdoor 800m record at last summer’s World Championships in Beijing there was still the matter of taking over the indoor record. Until today of course, as Bishop set a new national standard of 2 minutes 0.60 seconds at a meet in Athlone, Ireland.
The world championship medalist made it look easy during her four lap tour of the Athlone Institute of Technology Arena. The Eganville native’s native trims six hundredths of a second off of the previous Canadian best of 2:03.66 set by Diane Cummins in 2003. Bishop’s time currently has her ranked fourth in the world. She will compete next on Saturday the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, the final stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour.
About an hour before Melissa’s record breaking performance, shot putter Tim Nedow put on one of his own. Competing at the World Indoor Tour stop in Stockhold, the Pan Am silver medalist heaved the shot out to an astounding 21.33m. The mark was nearly a meter further than second place finisher Michal Haratyk of Poland.
Today’s victory combined with his win last week in Karlsruhe give Tim a total of 20 points on the World Indoor Tour a secured his overall tour victory. Next up for the big man are some final tune up meets in a couple weeks time before he heads to Portland, Oregon for the World Indoor Championships on March 18th.
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