International Athletics Meeting “Pavel Pavlov”

Samuel Francis from Qatar outrun Britain’s greatest star Dwayne Chambers

Yesterday at the National Stadium Vasil Levski, in front of more then 5 000 spectators, Samuel Francis from Qatar outrun Britain’s greatest star Dwayne Chambers in the most attractive discipline – 100 meters sprint.

At the second edition of the International Athletics Meeting on the name of Pavel Pavlov Francis crossed the finish line first for 10.03 seconds, and Chambers stayed second with 10.05 seconds as for both of them these results were personal achievements for the season. Bulgarian Desislav Gunev finished third with 10.34 seconds.

In the same discipline Inna Eftimova with 11.27 seconds was first among the women, followed by Gabriela Laleva – 11.55 sec. A little later Eftimova triumphed again in the sprint of 200 meters with time of 22.94 sec – this also covered Norm A for the Olympic Games; this norm is covered by Tezdzhan Naimova and Ivet Lalova as well.

Francis was fist in the 200 meters sprint as well with 20.61 seconds, followed by Gunev – 20.70 seconds. This was the best Bulgarian sprinter at the moment, covered Norm B for the Olympic Games in this discipline as he had done it two weeks ago for 100 meters.

The new hope in the face of Momchil Karailiev placed third in the rank list for all times for triple jump by achieving 17.38 meters in his second attempt. Only Hristo Markov (17.92) and Rostislav Dimitrov (17.49) have recorded better results then him. Karaliev jumped beyond the 17 meters mark once more upon his third attempt – 17.20 meters.

Samuel Francis took the big prize of 1000 dollars for bets achievement of the meetingaccording to the comparative table IAAF, followed by Momchil Karailiev and Dwayne Chambers

Venera Getova earned an Olympic visa for the discus competition with a result of 59.08 meters which covers Olympic Norm B for Beijing 2008. Gita Dodova also covered Norm B in triple jump – 14.00 meters. With this our competitors have obtained in total 28 Olympic visas for 18 competitors. In two of the disciplines- long jump men and triple jump women there are two B norms, which means that only one of our athletes can depart for the Chinese capital.

Boris Bozhinov outjumped Nikolay Atanasov in the long jump – 7.75 against 7.73 meters. Third was the Russian Vladimir Malyavin with 7.53 meters. Angel Kararadev triumphed over the great star of Serbia in the high jump, Dragutin Topich. Kararadev achieved 221 cm. and Topich stayed second with 218 sm. Georgi Ivanov became the tenth Bulgarian who has achieved a result of more then 20 meters in shot put – 20.02 meter and thus he took the first place.

First places were occupied also by Gita Dodova in triple jump with 14.00 meters, Spas Buhalov in pole vault – 5.45 meters, Stanislav Lambrev at 3000 meters – 8:30.94 minutes, Dobrinka Shalamanova at 3000 meters for women – 9:26.08 minutes and Rosen Danev at 400 meters with 47.22 seconds.

The meeting had a record budget for Bulgaria of 100 000 Euro. Bulgarian bookmaker Eurofootball supported the competition with an amount tenfold bigger compared to last year’s. The company provided over 30 000 BGN for the prize fund of the meeting.

The awards for the first three best results in each discipline were, depending on the respective category – Premium or Classic. Additional awards in the total amount of 7 200 BGN were distributed to the first 6 achievements according to the comparative table IAAF. 20 000 dollars were allocated for achievement of a world record. 1 500 dollars each were allocated for the best achievement for 2008 and for a national record of Bulgaria. 



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