Biography:

Melissa Bishop had a summer to remember in 2015. After winning 800m gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, she went to the IAAF World Championships where she broke the 14-year-old national record in the distance, becoming the first Canadian to go below one minute 58 seconds with her time of 1:57.52. After that spectacular semifinal, she went on to win the silver medal in the final. It was quite a comeback for the runner who had missed the indoor season with a sports hernia that kept her out of training for seven weeks and then suffered an ankle injury in May that sidelined her for almost a month. It was the first time in her career she’d had to deal with a major injury, let alone two. In her second Olympic Games at Rio 2016, Bishop finished a heartbreaking fourth in the 800m, matching Canada’s best ever Olympic result in the event. Bishop had made her Olympic debut at London 2012, the same year she first broke the two-minute mark in the 800m at the Prefontaine Classic. She won back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014 after finishing second at the 2012 Canadian Championships. She made her IAAF World Championship debut in 2013 before gaining more multi-sport competition experience at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. While representing the University of Windsor Lancers, Bishop won multiple gold medals in the 600m and 1000m at the CIS Championships.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Doug and Alison Bishop… Younger brother Jonathan… Partner Osi Nriagu… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 12… When playing soccer she always loved running up and down the field and could always outrun the boys when she raced them in elementary school… Outside Interests: Earned Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2010 and Bachelor of Education in 2011 from the University of Windsor… Enjoys cooking, baking (but not during the competitive season because she’d eat it all) reading, and spending time with family… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Everything happens for a reason; have fun, enjoy the ride”… Always looked up to Diane Cummins, watching her at the Olympics as a little girl… Has started collecting Christmas tree ornaments from around the world… Nickname: Bish…