After opening her Olympic season with smaller meets in and around her training base of Windsor, Melissa Bishop took a two lap tour of Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday as she continues her Road to Rio.
The reigning world silver medalist finished seventh in a time of 1:59.97 and was appeared content with the performance afterwards. “It wasn’t too bad, coming off the travel,” said Bishop. “There’s lots of works to be done, but it’s the second day in June. We have some time.”. Melissa will compete Saturday in the Birmingham Diamond League before returning to Canada to run in the National Track League.
Closer to home, but also in the 800m, Samantha Murphy (2:03.84) and Svetlana Martynova (2:07.61 PB) finished 9th and 24th respectively at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Massachusetts. In the men’s race, Seb Saville was 21st in 1:51.34.
Finally, at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Windsor, Sharelle Samuel was in a class of her own in the junior girls 400m qualifying, qualifying for the final in 55.39 seconds, almost a second and a half better than the nearest competitor. In fact, the time was the fastest among the girls across all age categories yesterday.
Other OFSAA final qualifiers yesterday included Michael Mather (SB), Keili Shepherd (SG), and Mei Mei Weston (JG) all in the 1500m. In the steeplechase, Thomas Saville was the third fastest qualifer, whjile Teagan Harris also advanced.
Also, Rinila Haridas was sixth in the junior girls triple jump with a leap of 10.91m.