800m star Melissa Bishop impresses at AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone
Melissa Bishop stole the show in front of a capacity crowd at the AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone tonight, leading from gun to tape in the women’s 800m and setting a Canadian indoor record of 2:00.60.
Bishop, a silver medallist at the IAAF World Championships last year, came home well clear of Adelle Tracey (2:02.34) and Anastasiya Tkachuk (2:02.44).
In the women’s 1500m, Ireland’s Rose-Anne Galligan secured qualification for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Portland, the Kildare athlete finishing third in 4:11.07 in a race won by Nancy Chepkwemoi in 4:08.46.
Canada’s Shawn Barber proved a class apart in the men’s pole vault, the reigning world champion soaring over 5.79m to set a stadium record and take victory ahead of Sam Kendricks (5.71m).
In the men’s 400m, Ireland’s Brian Gregan opened his 2016 campaign by finishing second in 47.62, but he was no match for world indoor champion Pavel Maslak, who blitzed the field and equalled Gregan’s stadium record with his time of 46.07.
For Amy Foster, the women’s 60m proved bittersweet. The City of Lisburn athlete equalled her season’s best of 7.33 when finishing third, but she was just outside the qualifying standard for the World Indoor Championships (7.32).
Dawit Wolde destroyed the field over the final three laps of the men’s mile, the Ethiopian setting a national indoor record of 3:54.02 and coming home well clear of runner-up Filip Sasinek (4:00.07). Eoin Everard was the best Irish finisher, finishing fourth in 4:03.16.
Elsewhere tonight, Mark English ran the sixth fastest time in history by a European when taking victory at the Globen Galan meeting in Stockholm, the 22-year-old powering away from an international field to set an Irish best of 60.93 seconds. English will next compete at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.
60m 1. Barbara Pierre 7.12, 2. Olesya Pvkh 7.23, 3. Amy Foster 7.33
60m hurdles 1. Kristi Castlin 7.92, 2. Sharika Nelvis 7.93, 3. Hanna Platitsyna 8.10
800m 1. Melissa Bishop 2:00.60, 2. Adelle Tracey 2:02.34, 3. Anastasiya Tkachuk 2:02.44
1500m 1. Nancy Chepkwemoi 4:08.46, 2. Gesa Krause 4:09.49, 3. Rose-Anne Galligan 4:11.07
60m 1. D’Angelo Cherry 6.58, 2. Diondre Batson 6.62, 3. Ramon Gittens 6.65
400m A 1. Pavel Maslak 46.07, 2. Brian Gregan 47.62, 3. Bjorn Blauwhof 47.75
400m B 1. Chris Brown 46.96, Luka Janezic 47.44, Clayton Parros 47.62
400m C 1. Patrick Feeney 47.00 2. Dane Hyatt 47.20, 3. Alphas Leken Kishoyian 48.15
800m 1. Michael Rimmer 1:48.13, 2.Guy Learmouth 1:48.20, 3. Jamie Webb 1:48.30
Mile 1. Dawit Wolde 3:54.02, 2. Filip Sasinek 4:00.07, 3. Lewis Moses 4:02.40
Pole Vault 1. Shawn Barber 5.77m, 2.nSam Kendricks 5.71m, 3. Max Eaves 5.45m
Triple Jump 1. Fabian Florent 16.34m, 2. Karol Hoffman 16.32m, 3. Viktor Iastrebov 15.89m