Close call

Canada’s Bishop sur­vives near fall to reach semi­fi­nals

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Canada’s Melissa Bishop sur­vived a scare Thurs­day to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals of the 800 me­tres at the world track and field cham­pi­onships.

The 29-year-old from Eganville, Ont., was clipped from be­hind and nearly fell, but went on to fin­ish sec­ond in two min­utes 1.11 sec­onds.

“It’s like bumper cars out there,” Bishop said of all the bump­ing that oc­curred.

Bishop is the reign­ing world sil­ver medal­list, and was fourth at last sum­mer’s Rio Olympics.

She broke her own Cana­dian record a cou­ple of weeks ago in Monaco, run­ning 1:57.01.

In the women’s 200-me­tres, Toronto’s Crys­tal Emmanuel qual­i­fied for the fi­nals af­ter fin­ish­ing third in her heat with a time of 22.85 sec­onds.

She is the first Cana­dian woman to ad­vance to a world 200 fi­nal since An­gela Bai­ley in 1983.

Also Thurs­day, Sage Wat­son of Medicine Hat, Alta., fin­ished sixth in the fi­nal of the women’s 400-me­tre hur­dles.

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Poland’s An­ge­lika Ci­chocka, Canada’s Melissa Bishop and Bri­tain’s She­layna Oskan-Clarke, from left, race in a women’s 800m heat dur­ing the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, Thurs­day.

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