08/29/2015 09:01 EDT | Updated 08/29/2016 05:59 EDT

Canada's Melissa Bishop Wins Silver In 800 Metres At World Championships

BEIJING — Canada's Melissa Bishop has captured a silver medal in the women's 800 metres at the world track and field championships.

The 27-year-old from Eganville, Ont., crossed in one minute 58.12 seconds in a battle down the homestretch. 

Bishop had run 1:57.52 in the semifinals, breaking Diane Cummins' Canadian record that stood for 14 years.

"You have to learn how to go through these rounds,'' Bishop said. "In 2012 and 2013 I was still an immature athlete in the sense that I didn't know how to get through them, you live and you learn, and now I have the silver medal around my neck.''

Canada's previous best finish in the event at worlds was Cummins' fifth in 2001.

Marina Arzamasova of Belarus won the gold in 1:58.03, while Eunice Sum took the bronze in 1:58.18.

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