Olympic dream to begin at the PRSA

Bulgarian sprinter Yordan Ilinov.
Bulgarian sprinter Yordan Ilinov.

YORDAN Ilinov will make Boston his permanant base as he bids for Olympic glory.

Last month, The Standard reported the Bulgarian international sprinter had left his homeland and moved to the town as he hoped to impress Lincolnshire Athletics Academy coach Dr George Skafidas.

He hoped that Skafidas – who has coached former Olympians – would accept him as a student in the build-up to London 2012.

And, after a month-long trial, the former Balkan 200m champion has done enough to claim a place with the Princess Royal Sports Arena-based squad.

Ilinov is no stranger to the international scene, having competed at the 2005 World Championships, which were staged in Helsinki, Finland, and the 2006 European Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

“My dream is London 2012,” said Ilinov, who was referred to Skafidas by a friend at the Bulgarian athletics federation, after he became disillusioned with his motherland’s support following a lengthy injury.

“A friend of mine in the federation told me about George. He said he could help me reach the Olympics. I have come here to work hard and to train.

“The support in Bulgaria isn’t very good and I hope to do better in Boston.”

Skafidas is also a coach who has helped Wyberton sprinter Bernice Wilson reach the World Indoor Championships in Paris earlier this year.

Now she has set her sights on the World Outdoor Championships, but first Wilson must impress at the national trials later this month.