N+RC : Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop

 Kayla Grey alongside Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop 

Kayla Grey alongside 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. 

 

 Kayla Grey in discussion with Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop 

Kayla Grey in discussion with Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop 

   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. 

 

- GREY