Melissa Bishop-Nriagu 800 meters heat at the Tokyo Olympics – .

Melissa Bishop-Nriagu 800 meters heat at the Tokyo Olympics – .

TOKYO – There was Olympic heartbreak for Melissa Bishop-Nriagu on the first morning of athletics in Tokyo.
The world silver medalist and Canadian record holder finished fourth in her women’s 800-meter series and did not advance to the semi-finals.

The 32-year-old from Eganville, Ont., Ran for two minutes 2.11 seconds, passing out in the final 40 meters. His Canadian record is 1: 57.01.

Canadians Madeleine Kelly (2: 02.39) and Lindsey Butterworth (2: 02.45) did not advance either.

Natoya Goule of Jamaica was the fastest qualifier of the six innings clocking 1: 59.83.

Bishop-Nriagu, who finished fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympics, was in the third inning and had to wait and watch three more innings before knowing his fate.

“It’s not a good position. This is my third Games and I know a lot can fall out no matter the rounds, so I think you have to organize these rounds as a final, and today that’s all I could give you ”, a she said before knowing she hadn’t moved forward. “I really hate this position. Cross fingers. “

Canada will have two runners in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final after strong runoff runs from Matt Hughes and John Gay.

Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., Was fourth in his heat and seventh fastest overall with a season record of 8: 13.56.

Gay, of Kelowna, BC, ran in 8: 16.99, slashing nearly four seconds off the personal best he set at the Olympic trials last month in Montreal to clinch his spot on the team. Tokyo.

Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma was the fastest qualifier in 8: 09.83.

The 10,000-man, featuring world 5000-meter bronze medalist Moh Ahmed of Hamilton, Ont., Was the first medalist event on Friday night.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 29, 2021.


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