Bishop shines in Athlone as English blitzes Stockholm field
Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30
Melissa Bishop stole the show in front of a capacity crowd at the AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone last night, 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 World Championships last year, came home well clear of Adelle Tracey (2:02.34).
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.
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 six seconds clear. Eoin Everard was fourth in 4:03.16.
Elsewhere, Mark English ran the sixth fastest 500m 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.