Bishop breaks Canadian record

After winning her fourth Canadian Championship over 800m just two weeks ago in Ottawa, Melissa Bishop definitely had a new Canadian record in her sights at some point this summer.

However, it may have come a little earlier than expected as she dropped one one hundredth of a second off her previous best as she finished fifth in Friday’s Diamond League event in Monaco with a time of 1:57.01.

The Eganville native had set her previous national mark last August in the Olympic final where she finished fourth.

Bishop will be looking to get back on the global podium in two weeks time at the IAAF World Championships in London.

“The plan was to go our hard and we went out pretty quick, and just getting good position to have a really strong last 200 and I think we did that,” said Bishop. Her goal remains to break the 1:57 barrier and she feels she’s ready. “It was so close to 1:56. I’m happy we have some weeks coming up until worlds and we’ll bang it out there.”