Oceania’s Indoor Record holder Catriona Bisset won a very close women’s 800m beating World Outdoor champion, Halimah Nakaayi at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series that was held on Tuesday (22) in Torun, Poland.
Nakaayi had set two National Records when she clocked 1:59.55 in Val de Reuil and 1:58.58 in Liévin had set her mind on the second title but Bisset, who had improved on her Oceanian Indoor Record to 1:59.46 after finishing second to Keely Hodgkinson in Birmingham on her indoor debut was too quick to step ahead at the finish as the race was decided by the timer.
“I felt confident during the competition. This is my second time in the Copernicus Cup. I arrived here four days ago. I am really tired but I am really happy with my participation”, said Bisset.
Bisset edged out the Ugandan when she pulled 2:00.16 against 2:00.19.
Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma, who finished second in Val de Reuil closed the first three podium finishes with a personal best of 2:00.19.
The 2016 European outdoor champion Angelika Chichocka from Poland and Worknesh Mesele, who ran the 11th fastest time in the world in 2021 in the women’s 800m finishing in fourth and fifth in 2:00.05 and 2:05.34 respectively.