Zambia’s Siame storms Semis at 2017 London IAAF

Zambia's Sydney Siame stormed the semi finals of the 2017 London IAAF.

Zambia’s hopes of winning picking up a medal at the on-going international Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) in London have been kept alight by Sydney Siame who has qualified to the semi finals.

Siame this evening came first with a timing of 20.29 in the 200m race to be close to clinching a medal at the Championship where Zambia only has two athletes. The current record of 19.19 seconds was set by Usain Bolt at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

Following Siame behind was Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago on 20.48 with Italian Filippo Tortu coming third on 20.59. Besides Siame qualifying to the semi finals, he has set a new personal record for the 200m race.

Siame was in a prayerful mood this morning before the dance and prayed as follows “Father God I come before you this morning,father I thank you for giving me this opportunity to represent my country again,for it is not by my power or my interagency but its by your grace, may u protect me from any injury and make me strong.Let your will be done”.

Siame has previously competed in the 200 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing without advancing from the first round. In addition, he won a gold medal at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

Zambia’s female runner Kabange Mupopo yesterday also progressed to the semi finals following her impressive performance over this past weekend. Zambia has massive athletics potential but the organization and administration at country level needs to improve especially on holding credible and well sponsored provincial and national championships.