In just over 2 weeks Melissa Bishop will be at the start line in the 800m at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Percy Perry Stadium at Coquitlam’s Town Center Park. She is now a real veteran, having started her running career back in 2004. It was not until 2012 that she broke the 2:00 minutes barrier, launching her into prominence in the international world. It is of note, that she competed at the World Youth Championship in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2005 in the 400m, near the start of her career. Now she has claimed the silver medal a the World Championships in the 800m in Beijing in 2015, the gold medal at he 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the ever so close 4th place a the Rio Olympics.
This University of Windsor graduate has set big goals for herself. She and her long time coach Dennis Fairall want to see her in the 1:56’s. Melissa says “I love to win….I can go faster” She ran 1:57.02 in Rio and is looking for improvement at the London World Championships this August. “ I want to do well….I want Dennis to be so happy”, she said.
This year, Melissa had just one indoor race in Athlone, Ireland, a win in 2:01.42. After a spring of altitude training, she started her outdoor season with a win over 1500m in 4:10.30 in Windsor, ON. Next, she ran in Eugene, OR. The Eganville, ON native said “ Season opened, happy with an opener of 1:59.52 at Pre Classic. Some fine tuning and we will be rolling in no time”.
The meet record at the Jerome Track Classic is 1:58.79, set by none other than Melissa, in 2016. Before the Jerome Track Classic, she will race in the Diamond League in Oslo and Stockholm. Will her meet record fall again this year?