Priscilla Lopes-Schliep's comeback has officially begun.
The 29-year-old hurdling star from Whitby, Ont., raced to a second-place finish in the 60-metre hurdles at her return to competition Saturday in Sherbrooke, Que., six months after becoming a mom.
Lopes-Schliep ran 8.33 seconds in the final, a time that's on pace with previous season-openers. She ran 8.28 in a morning heat.
"Heading into today I was anxious to get back on the track to race and see where I would be," Lopes-Schliep said. "I was very pleased with my results ... and very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to race in Sherbrooke."
Nikkita Holder, of Pickering, Ont., won the invitational race, held in conjunction with the Quebec university championships, in 8.11 seconds. Marie-Eve Dugas of Laval, Que., was third in 8.40 seconds.
"It was a pleasure to have Phylicia [George] and Nikkita by my side today," Lopes-Schliep said of her training partners.
She also thanked the people her who supported her through her pregnancy and return to the track.
"The race was for all of you and looking forward to the journey toward London 2012," Lopes-Schliep said.
A bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympics and the world's No.1-ranked hurdler in 2010, Lopes-Schliep gave birth to daughter Nataliya in September.