Canada’s Bishop sur­vives near-fall to reach world semi­fi­nals in 800 me­tres

North Bay Nugget - - SPORTS - The Cana­dian Press

LoN­doN — 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 400me­tre hur­dles.

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