N+RC : Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop
This week at the Nike Run Club we were lucky enough to have Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop join us as a guest coach . Bishop currently holds the national record for the women's 800 m after running a 1:57:02 in Rio while placing fourth.
The Eganville, Ontario native became one of the top athletes to keep an eye on heading into the summer after an unforgettable year in 2015. A year, highlighted by winning gold at the Pan American Games in the Women's 800 m before breaking a 14-year-old national record at the IAAF World Championships in the distance. Bishop became the first Canadian to finish under one minute and 58 seconds with a time of 1:57.52.
With all the momentum swinging in her favour heading into Rio , being caught by Margaret Wambui of Kenya down the stretch - bumping her out of bronze, was undoubtedly heartbreaking for the 28-year-old. Yet here she stood , a few weeks after the Closing Ceremony - also managing to squeeze in a meet in Switzerland during that time during , looking ahead . Forward.Onward.
Although there was some controversy over the results of the race , mainly concerning South Africa's Caster Semenya whose gold performance came into question because of hyper-androgenism ( a condition characterized by excessive levels of testosterone in the female body), Bishop did not discuss what she could not control. Instead, it was all about Tokyo 2020 and the mountains she will move there.
Although she did not confirm nor rule out another cycle leading up to the next Summer Olympics , whatever road she decides to take , we'll be sure to follow every step of the way.