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Melissa Bishop gives Canada gold in 800m

Melissa Bishop won gold in the women's 800 metres Wednesday night at the Pan Am Games, breaking two minutes with a gutsy effort.

Breaks 2-minute mark on windy evening

Canada's Melissa Bishop ran a very strong race, taking home the gold in the women's 800m Wednesday at the Pan Am Games. (Mark Humphrey/The Canadian Press )

Melissa Bishop won gold in the women's 800 metres Wednesday night at the Pan Am Games, breaking two minutes with a gutsy effort.

Bishop, 26, ran a sound tactical race, sticking with the top three runners before taking over in the last 100m, passing American Alysia Montano. Brazil's Flavia De Lima took home the bronze.

"I knew the crowd was going to be loud no matter what, so I was just trying to put myself in a good position to be able to run in and let the crowd do its work, and let the training come through," Bishop said. "I'm really happy it worked out. It's so nice to win a gold medal at home."

Bishop, a native of Eganville,Ont., posted a time of 1:59.62.

Sarah Wells adds silver 

Toronto's Sarah Wells, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, added a silver medal in the women's 400m hurdles. 

Wells, 25, ran a strong race, finishing behind American Shamier Little, who was the class of the competition. Deborah Rodriguez of Uruguay took home the bronze. 

Wells was clocked in 56.17. 

Damian Warner in first after Day 1 

Canadian Damian Warner is in first in the men's decathlon through one day of competition. The gold medal favourite, who finished fifth in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, scored 3534 points on day one, 15 more than Brazil's Felipe Dos Santos, who is in second place.

Grenada's Kurt Felix is in third place.

Warner, 25, finished first in the 100m, 400m and long jump portion of the event, and placed fourth in high jump and seventh in shotput.

The final five events of the event will be Thursday, completing with the 1500m.

De Grasse wins gold 

Markham's Andre De Grasse won the men's 100m final with a time of 10.05 seconds. 

Ramon Gittens of the Barbados finished with the silver, while Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis won the bronze.

Bingham finishes 6th

Canada's Khamica Bingham finished sixth in the women's 100m final. 

The native of Caledon, Ont,. posted a personal best time of 11.13, but it wasn't enough to medal in a very strong race.

Jamaica's Sherone Simpson set a Pan Am record winning gold with a time of 10.92 seconds. Simpson's run broke a record which was just set Wednesday morning by American Barbara Pierre. Pierre finished with the bronze medal in the race.

Angela Tenorio from Ecuador won the bronze.

With Files from The Canadian Press 

With Files from The Canadian Press

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