Her name is Ivet Lalova, Worlds fastest white woman – in 100m history with time of 10.77 seconds. In 2004 Ivet Lalova at age 20 become overnite star and claimed another price to her collection “The Fastest White Woman on the Planet”. We all know that short distance sprint – 100m and 200m are often dominated by female athletes of African or African-American descent. Ivet Lalova is recognized Worldwide because of her undisputed talent, signature smile and Eastern European Beauty.
Ivet Lalova was born on May 18, 1984 in Sofia Bulgaria. She was born in a family where both of her parents were sprinters. Liliya Petrunova and father Miroslav Lalov who was the 200m champion in 1966. Ivet began competing in swimming and gymnastic at age 10, but soon after that she fell in love with track and field. Lalova become Bulgarian Youth Champion and soon after she took Gold in both 100m and 200m European Youth Championships
In 2004 at the Summer Olympic Games, Ivet Lalova placed 4 th at the final at 100m and finished 5th at 200m sprint. That was tremendous success for the 21 years old Bulgarian, who many saw as a promising star in the short distance sprint. It was no surprise when in 2005, Lalova become European Champion in Madrid, and won gold medal in 200m with time of 22.91 sec.
In June 2005 Lalova’s carrier was interrupted, when she was involved in a collusion with another athlete at 100m warm up at the Athens Super Grand Prix. Lalova broke her right femur, and it was a devastating moment for the young and promising sprinter. In 2006 The Bulgarian Olympic committee awarded Evet with the prestigious ” Sports and Fair Play”
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May 29, 2007 in Belgrade she won the 100m final with 11.26 seconds. At the 2008 Summer Olympics Lalova was eliminated at the women’s 100m semifinal, finishing her heat at 7th place and reaching second round of women’s 200m qualifications. It Was in 2011 when Lalova decided to open a new page and moved to Italy, to train with the Italian professor Roberto Bonomi. Same year in 2011 Lalova ran her second best 10.96 sec, and grab the gold at the Balkan games in Sliven, Bulgaria. Weeks later she won the 100m Diamond league in Oslo with the impressing 11.01 seconds.
In 2012 Ivet Lalova become European Champion for a second time, winning the gold in a 100m finals at the 2012 European Championship in Helsinki with 11.06 seconds. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London she ran 200m for 22.91 sec finishing 6th and one place behind from the final 10.
In Dec, 2012 Lalova opened her own sports club named ” Ivet Lalova Sprint Academy ” helping children and future champions. In Sep, 2013 Ivet Lalova married the Italian sprinter Simone Collio.