July 16, 2016 7:40 pm
Updated: July 16, 2016 7:42 pm

Melissa Bishop breaks own 800-metre record in Edmonton

Melissa Bishop crosses the finish line in the senior women 800m run during the Canadian Track and Field Championships and Selection Trials for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday July 10, 2016. Doug Bishop and his wife Alison, Melissa's parents, wouldn't be anywhere else but in Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium when their daughter races for a medal in the 800 metres. They're cautiously optimistic they'll be safe.


Melissa Bishop is rounding into Olympic form at just the right time.

The 27-year-old from Eganville, Ont., broke her own Canadian record in winning the 800 metres at the TrackTown Classic on Friday.

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Bishop ran one minute 57.43 seconds, to dip below her previous mark of 1:57.52 that she set en route to winning silver at last summer’s world championships in Beijing.

Bishop broke the record at Foote Field, almost a week after winning the event on the same track at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials.

Andre De Grasse won the 200 metres on Friday, crossing in 20.20 seconds.

The Olympics are Aug. 5-21.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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