Melissa Bishop (born August 5, 1988) is a Canadian runner who specialises in the 800 metres. She competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and won a silver medal at the 2015 World Athletics Championships. Her World Championship medal was the first ever medal in the 800 m by a Canadian woman. Bishop graduated from University of Windsor and is only the third Canadian woman to achieve a time under 2:00 minutes in the 800 m. She is currently the national record holder for the women's 800 m.
Bishop at the 2016 Olympics
August 5, 1988 |
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
|College team||University of Windsor|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||400 m: 56.46s, Ottawa, 2004
800 m: 1:57.01s NR, Monte Carlo, 2017
1000 m: 2:38.75s , Amsterdam, 2014
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Bishop placed sixth in her heat and did not advance to the semi-finals.
Her next major sporting event was the 2015 Pan American Games located in her home country of Canada. There, Bishop competed in the 800m in Toronto, in the final she ran a time of 1:59.62 to win the gold and the title of Pan Am champion. Of the home crowd Bishop said, "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 runthrough. I'm really happy it worked out. It's so nice to win a gold medal at home."
Bishop finished 2nd in the 800 meters at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in China. In the semi-finals she set a national record while winning in 1:57.52, beating a record set by Diane Cummins which had stood for 14 years. The final, a race characterized by several pace changes up and down, saw Bishop in a three-way sprint to the medals where she finished in second place. After the race she said that, "It's really a dream come true. 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."
The 2016 Summer Olympics saw Bishop compete as a part of Canada's Olympic team. Bishop was ranked third in the world as of July 27, 2016, after posting a national record of 1:57.43 in Edmonton, on July 16. Bishop finished 4th in the 800 m final in Rio de Janeiro, again setting a new national record for the 800 m with a 1:57.02 finish. Caster Semenya would win gold while Margaret Wambui would pass Bishop for bronze in the final 50 m, beating her by 0.13s. A teary eyed Bishop said after the race that "It's really kind of hard to describe this right now. This is what we work for for a decade and to be that close...this is tough."
- 2nd, 800 meters; 2015 Beijing, World Championships, China
- 2nd, 2012 National Championships, Calgary, Canada (Olympic "A" Standard).
- Personal Best: 1:57.02 – Canadian record (800 m outdoor); Rio de Janeiro, Summer Olympics, Final, August 20, 2016
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- "Melissa Bishop heartbroken after missing 800 podium". CBC Sports. August 21, 2016.