Melissa Bishop grabs silver in women's 800m at Beijing worlds

Canada's Melissa Bishop grabbed a surprise silver medal in the women's 800m at the world track and field championships in Beijing.

Canada's 1st ever medal in women's 800m

Time of 1:58:12 just short of Marina Arzamasova, who won the gold 3:28

Canada's Melissa Bishop has captured a silver medal in the women's 800 metres at the world track and field championships.

The 27-year-old from Eganville, Ont., crossed in one minute 58.12 seconds in a battle down the homestretch.

Bishop had run 1:57.52 in the semifinals, breaking Diane Cummins' Canadian record that stood for 14 years.

"It's really a dream come true," Bishop said. "Our training has been really consistent over the last few years. This year, we've really worked on a few things and I've been waiting for the right race. 

"I'm really happy that it came here at the [world] championships."

Canada's previous best finish in the event at worlds was Cummins' fifth in 2001.

Marina Arzamasova of Belarus won the gold in 1:58.03, while Eunice Sum took the bronze in 1:58.18. 

The race featured a quick first 200m, followed by a slow second 200m and then a negative split in the final lap. The pace changes made it a challenging run, Bishop said.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.