lalovaCORK CITY, IrelandBulgaria‘s Ivet Lalova opened her outdoor season on a winning note at the 58th Cork City Sports EAA Athletics meeting on Saturday.

Lalova, a former European Indoor champion over 200m, won the women’s 100m in a solid 11.24seconds, her fastest time in three seasons.

The Bulgarian, who in 2004 clocked a lightening fast 10.77seconds in Plovdiv, before going on to finish fourth in the 100m at the Olympic Games in Athens, outclassed the field to win clear ahead of Ailis MacSweeney, second in 11.52sec and Ireland’s Niamh Whelan, 11.54.

Antigua‘s Brendan Christian was also a comfortable winner in the men’s race.

The Antiguan 2007 Pan American Games 200m champion from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won in 10.12 seconds, his second quickest this season to beat home favourite and the defending champion Paul Hession into second in 10.20 and Great Britain’s Mark Findlay third in 10.38.

The Guyanese ace Aliann Pompey won the women’s 400m in a relax 52.31 over American Latosha Wallace (53.02) and Jamaica‘s Clora Williams (53.06).

Jamaica‘s Andrea Bliss won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.99second. She defeated American Jenny Adams (13.16).

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