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Zoe Hobbs wins in Poland

Zoe Hobbs at the 2023 world championships in Budapest. Photo/ Hannah Peters /Getty Images.

Sprinter Zoe Hobbs (Ngāruahine) has comfortably won the women’s 100m at the Irena Szewinska Memorial in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Friday (NZT).

The favourite leading into the continental tour gold meeting race, Hobbs quickly cleared away from the field to claim victory in 11.17, equalling the meet record and her winning time in Tokyo in May.

Belgium’s Delphine Nkansa was second (11.39) and Italy’s Arianna de Masi third (11.47).

The 26-year-old had been training in Europe in the leadup to this race, after an 11.45 eighth-place finish at the USATF New York Grand Prix earlier this month, which came off the back of a quick turnaround following her flight from Aotearoa.

Before heading overseas, Hobbs who set a 10.96 PB last year, told Stuff she is feeling comfortable with her Paris Olympic build-up.

“Though I haven’t run sub-11 yet, it’s not what the team are expecting based on where we are in terms of phasing of training.

“If they’re not concerned, I’m not concerned behind the rhythm and phasing and whatnot. I have full trust they have me exactly where I need to be right now.”

When she makes her Olympic debut next month, Hobbs will become the first New Zealand woman in almost 50 years to contest an Olympic 100m, since Sue Jowett at Montreal 1976.

Hobbs is New Zealand’s fastest-ever woman.