Lalova, 10.96 at 100m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Ivet Lalova, 2004 Athens Olympics, photo by

Ivet Lalova ran the first 100 meters under 11 for a European women since
Christine Arron ran 10.93 way back in 2005! Lalova also was part of the Bulgarian 4 x 100 meters team that won!

LALOVA 10.96 AT 100 M
SLIVEN (BUL, Jul 2): Superb 100 m sprint 10.96 (+0.8) by Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria highlighted the first day of the 64th Balkan Athletics Championships. She is  first European sprinter to go under 11 since 2005, last time by French Christine Arron 10.93. Lalova also helped the Bulgarian team to win the 4x100 m in 44.49. Another top mark came from European hurdles medalist Vania Stambolova of Bulgaria, winning the 400 m hurdles in 54.23. Solid triple jump where Adriana Banova of Bulgaria got the Daegu standard 14.34 ahead of Romanian Cristina Bujin 14.13. Serbian win for Dragana Tomasevic in discus 61.95. In men events home Krasimir Braykov improved to 46.09 to win the 400 m and Serbian Emir Bekric improved to 50.08 at 400 m hurdles to show his ambitions before European U23 Championships in Ostrava. Sprint win for Romania as Catalin Cimpeanu clocked 10.43. Asmir Kolasinac of Serbia was the best in shot put (19.93) and Yeorgios Tsakonas of Greece in long jump (786). Home win for Viktor Ninov (225) in high jump. Two wins for Turkey, Halan Duvar in steeple with 8:37.21 PB and 4x100 m men´s team with national record 39.81.

CORK (IRL, Jul 2): Briton Shana Cox clocked 51.43 at 400 m to win at the 60th Cork City Sports meet ahead of US Natasha Hastings 52.06. Men´s 400 m winner Tabarie Henry of US Virgin Islands got 45.73 ahead of world medalist Renny Quow of Trinidad (46.33). Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand won the 1500 m in 3:40.00. Panamian world medalist Alonso Edward clocked 20.89 (-2.7) in the 200 m. In jumps Trevor Barry of Bahamas and Darvin Edwards of St. Lucia cleared 225 and Lithuanian Povilas Mykolaitis 791 (+1.7) in the long jump. In women events US Tianna Madison sprinted the 100 m in 11.60 (-1.1) and Nina Kolaric of Slovenia leaped to windy 652 (+2.5, legal 641). Solid 1500 m winner was Hannah England 4:10.70. As usual top walks, men´s 3000 m winner was former European Champion Francisco Fernandez of Spain in 11:14.63 and women winner Ireland´s world medalist Olive Loughnane 12:52.85.

SOTTEVILLE (FRA, Jul 2): Next Pro Athle Tour meeting saw world leader Teddy Tamgho winning the triple jump with 16.83 (+1.2). Only one cm behind was Australian Henry Frayne 16.82 (-0.7). Another world leader competing US sprinter Carmelita Jeter won the 200 m in 22.64 (+0.1). Alexandria Anderson clocked good 11.15 (+1.0) in the 100 m and Briton Tiffany Ofili-Porter 12.89 (-1.2) at 100 m hurdles (over Virginia Crawford 12.91). Russian Yelena Kofanova was the best in the 800 m (2:01.15) and Ukrainian Oksana Okuneva in high jump (189). Sub 10 sprinter Keston Bledman of Trinidad won his event with 10.25 (-1.0) ahead of Jamaican Kimmari Roach 10.34. Cuban hurdler Omar Cisneros was the best in the flat 400 m 45.77. US Ty Akins won the hurdles in 13.35 (-0.4) beating Jamaican record holder Dwight Thomas 13.42. Ethiopian wins for Aman Wote Fere in the 1500 m 3:35.61 (life time best) and Abayneh Ayeleh 7:49.25 in the 3000 m. In technical events Mateusz Didenkow of Poland won the pole vault (563), Australian Robbie Crowther 809 (+1.5) the long jump (beating Kafetien Gomis 803w and Fabrice Lapierre 802). Pavel Krivitskiy of Belarus was the best in hammer (77.02).

UDEN (NED, Jul 2): Mondo Keien Meeting saw German Katharina Molitor winning the javelin with 62.59 ahead of European champion Linda Stahl 59.66 but the best result award in women events went to Jamaican Davita Prendergast at 400 m 51.99. Swedish star Carolina Kluft won the long jump (644, -0.8) and US Molly Beckwith clocked good 2:00.66 in the 800 m. Netherlands achieved fast 43.91 in the 4x100 m over Belgium 44.26. Briton Aniyka Onuora impressive 23.17 at 200 m against -1.4 wind. Best male result was the 65.21 discus by Erik Cadee. In running events Elroy Gelant of South Africa got 13:25.09 in the 5000 m and Australian Craig Mottram 3:37.53 in the 1500 m. Here third Austrian Andreas Vojta improved to 3:37.82. Sprint wins for Patrick Van Luijck 10.35 (+0.5), Briton Christian Malcolm 20.82 (-1.0) and US Jordan Boase at 400 m (46.50). Fred Townsend got 13.64 (+0.1) at 110 m hurdles and European silver medalist in decathlon Eelco Sintnicolaas won a special four events with 10.97, 727, 13.68 and 2:00.37 in the 800 m.

BAD LANGENSALZA (GER, Jul 2): Strong wind ruled at the 18th special long jump meeting here. European champion Christian Reif won with 838 (+2.2, but also excellent legal 820 +1.7). Briton Chris Tomlinson had windy 820 (+2.3, legal best 787) for second. Third world leader Mitchell Watt of Australia 820 (+3.0, only one valid jump) and fourth Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana (819, +3.7, legal 780). Last over 8 meters was Danish record holder Morten Jensen with legal 801 (+1.2). Sixth Spanish Luis Felipe Melize 793 (+3.5 and legal 791) and seventh European indoor champion Sebastian Bayer 791 (+2.1). Bianca Kappler won the women competition with 690 (+5.0, legal 644) ahead of former world indoor champion Naide Gomes of Portugal (678, +2.7, legal 668) and olympic winner Maureen Maggi of Brazil 675 (+3.0, legal 644). More luck for fourth Teresa Dobija of Poland with legal 664 (+1.9).

MANNHEIM (GER, Jul 2): The traditional Junior Gala Meet (U23 and U19 categories) saw superb women pole vault competition won by Martina Strutz with 470 who tried at new WL 478. Second Briton Holly Bleasdale improved the British national record to excellent 470 and her mark is the best for 19 years of age ever. But she will be 20 on November 2 that means no world junior record. Briton Jodie Williams sprinted to 11.48 (+0.3) at 100 m in the junior category and German junior 4x100 m team was timed with fast 44.59. In the U23 men events German Gregor Traber clocked 13.56 (he is still junior) over Briton Lawrence Clarke 13.59. In junior events French Jimmy Vicaut confirmed his position in Europe with 10.25 (+0.5) 100 m win and even faster 10.21 (+0.3) in heats. Hungarian sub 46 runner Marcell Deak Nagy won the 400 m in 46.63. In the junior 110 m hurdles Briton Andrew Pozzi clocked 13.44 (+0.3), junior shot put winner Tom Walsh of New Zealand achieved 20.56 (6 kg), in junior discus German Benedikt Stienen 63.52 (1.75 kg) and junior hammer French Quentin Bigot 77.73 (6 kg).

BRNO (CZE, Jul 2): First day of Czech Championships held for first time in Brno saw Vera Cechlova improving her season best in discus with 63.74, it was also her 9th national title. Also good Jan Marcell in men´s discus 65.71. Jaroslav Baba cleared 225 and Jirina Ptacnikova 420 in windy conditions. Roman Novotny leaped to 785 (+1.7) in long jump. Olymp Praha broke the national club record in women 4x100 m with 44.61. Other sprints finals were supported by too strong winds. Last year junior Pavel Maslak sprinted the 100 m to 10.22 (+3.7, but improved his PB to 10.43 +1.4 in heats) ahead of Lukas Milo 10.32 and national record holder Jan Veleba 10.35. Katerina Cechova could not celebrate personal best, her 11.35 was aided by +3.3. Iveta Mazacova clocked 11.47 and Denisa Rosolova (runs the 200 m on Sunday) 11.49. U23 athlete Martin Mazac won the high hurdles in 13.62 (+2.9), record holder Petr Svoboda is still injured and Lucie Skrobakova clocked 13.10 (+3.0) to win the women hurdles. Here second place for 400 m hurdles specialist Zuzana Hejnova 13.27 (she is not running her event at the championships).


TORUN (POL, Jul 2): Estonian men are leading in the Super League decathlon with 11 958 over France 11 786 and Belarus 11 745. Individual overnight leader Anders Raja of Estonia 4255 points. In women heptathlon leads as expected Russia 10 578, Ukraine is close second 10 510 and third France 10 175. Russian Anna Bogdanova leads with 3732 after first day.

BRESSANONE (ITA, Jul 2): Great Britain leads decathlon with 12 076 after first day (more than Super League) in the First League and Swiss Simon Walter individually 4149 points. In women heptathlon leading position after Saturday for Belarus 10 205 and Poland´s Karolina Tyminska has the best score 3728 points.

RIBEIRA BRAVA (POR, Jul 2): Lithuanian European indoor medalist this year Austra Skujyte scored the best first day total from all leagues in the lowest Second League 3821 points (also 187 high jump and 16.81 shot put). Team leader is Spain with 9717 points. Latvian Edgars Erins leads the decathlon with 3843 and in the team competition Hungary (10 865).


NOVE MESTO NAD VAHOM (SVK, Jul 2): European hammer champion Libor Charfreitag got his 13th national title in hammer with 75.36. NCAA medalist Marcel Lomnicky was second 72.19. Lucia Klocova won tactical 1500 m in 4:30.95 and Dana Veldakova jumping only to win achieved 13.59. Women hammer world medalist Martina Hrasnova got her title with 63.53 m during first day of Slovak Championships.

CHAMPAIGN (USA, Jul 2): Fresh US champion, Derek Miles cleared 570 on his first attempt to win the Gill Athletics Factory Vault. Three men (Jeremy Scott, Jordon Scott, Mark Hollis) tied for second place by also clearing 5.70. Miles won without missing. Becky Holliday was the women's winner at 462, a personal best.

OORDEGEM (BEL, Jul 2): Former 400mH olympic medalist Naman Keita of France won at the 20th Leon Buyle Meet the flat 400 m in 46.54. US sprinter Deun White clocked 20.95 (-0.2) at 200 m and Briton Joe Thomas clocked 1:46.96 at the 800 m.

NEMBRO (ITA, Jul 1): Jacques Riparelli sprinted to 10.33 (-1.0) at 15th Meeting Citta di Nembro and was even faster in heats 10.26 (+0.1). Emanuele Abate clocked 13.69 (-0.5) at 110 m hurdles and Ukrainian junior Dariya Derkach leaped to 655 (+1.6) in long jump.

ROTTACH-EGERN (GER, Jul 2): Greek record holder Kostadinos Filippidis won the special pole vault meet with 560 clearance in first attempt (tried then at 572). Second Alexander Straub returned after injury also 560 and third Karsten Dilla 560. Raphael Holzdeppe and Cuban Lazaro Borges followed with 550 both. The meet was held at a mobile jumping area directly at the Tegern Sea. Spectators followed the competition from nearby boat.

JAMSA (FIN, Jul 2): South African last year World junior champion Luvo Manyonga improved at jumping carnival his PB to 826 (+0.9).

KAUSTINEN (FIN, Jul 2): Finnish hammer thrower David Soderberg achieved here his second best career mark 77.34.

ANDUJAR (ESP, Jul 2): Eusebio Caceres scored a nice double during first day of Spanish U23 Championships. 10.43 (-0.4) at 100 m and 780 (+0.7) in long jump.

BUDAPEST (HUN, Jul 2): Fast sprints at Honved Meet. Daniel Karlik 10.42 (+1.2) and junior Anasztazia Ngyuen 11.59 (+1.2) at 100 m.

GDANSK (POL, Jul 2): Good long jumping during first day of Polish U23 Championships. Ana Jagaciak 654 and Lukasz Podgorski 785. Grzegorz Zimniewicz won the 100 m in 10.42 (+0.6).

MOLFETTA (ITA, Jul 2): Italian 20 km walk titles for Marco De Luca 1:28:49 and Federica Ferraro 1:38:26.

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