It wasn’t the ending Melissa Bishop was hoping for as the IAAF World Championships drew to a close Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in London. The defending silver medalist failed to return to the medal podium, crossing the finish line in fifth.
While Bishop’s time of 1:57.68 was the fourth fastest of her career, she feels it was tactics that let her down on Sunday. “I don’t think I ran my race,” Bishop said. “It’s coming, it’s positive, it’s nothing I’m upset about, the result is more what I’m upset about. I’m tired of 1:57s, I want something faster.”
“I think if I was closer to the front of that pack, I’m positive we could have run 1:56 [her Canadian record is 1:57.01]. We’re right on the cusp.”
Bishop should get another shot to go 1:56 in just over a week at the Diamond League final in Zurich where she will again do battle with many of Sunday’s finalists.