(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancer runner Melissa Bishop set a new Canadian record in the women’s 800m event during competition at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Bishop claimed top spot in the 3rd semi-final heat in a time of 1:57.52, qualifying first for the finals in two days time.
Her time was two seconds faster than her previous personal best.
Bishop has been having a winning summer after taking the gold medal in the 800m at the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto, on July 22, running in a time of 1:59.62.
Canada’s other entry in the 800m was Fiona Benson of Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Benson also scored a personal best with a fifth place, and non-qualifying, 1:59.59.
She had set PB’s in the 1,500m and 3,000m events during the CIS Championships in March at Windsor’s St Denis Fieldhouse.