Melissa Bishop grabs silver in women's 800m at Beijing worlds
Canada's 1st ever medal in women's 800m
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.
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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."
All <a href="https://twitter.com/BishopMelissa">@BishopMelissa</a> talked about in mixed zone is the importance of her coach, and how she is happy they did it together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoMuchClass?src=hash">#SoMuchClass</a>—@AthleticsCanada
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.