Residents in the Ottawa Valley were cheering on two runners in the women’s 800-metres Thursday night in Tokyo.

While neither of the women made the cut, both have received immense messages of support.

Melissa Bishop-Nriagu, from Eganville, and Madeleine Kelly, from Pembroke, are Ottawa Valley natives who qualified for the women’s 800-metres in Tokyo.

The results of Kelly’s heat.

In Heat 1, Kelly placed fifth with a time of 2:02.39 — not enough to send her to the second round.

In Heat 3, Bishop-Nriagu placed fourth with a time of 2:02.11. She also did not advance.

This was Bishop-Nriagu’s third Olympics. In 2012, she did not advance to the semi-finals but in 2016, she placed fourth.

In 2017, she set the Canadian record time of 1:57.01 in the women’s 800-metres which still stands today.

In a Facebook post, Bishop-Nriagu said that she was disappointed and cried a lot of tears but was also proud.

“We can’t control everything, but I can control how I walk away from this,” she wrote. “I’ve had an outpouring of support and I thank everyone so much. All your messages today have led me to post this. I’m a proud Canadian. I will be back.”

The results of Melissa’s heat.

For Kelly, this was her first Olympics. She took home bronze at the Canadian Track and Field Olympics trials to qualify with a time of 2:00.30.

In 2019, Kelly beat Bishop-Nriagu at the Canadian national championship in Montreal after moving from fourth to first in the race.

On Kelly’s Instagram story, she thanked everyone for the “lovely messages.”

“While I obviously hoped to advance, I’m still very proud of how I ran today,” she wrote. “There’s nothing to be sad about here. I just concluded the season of my life.”