ROBINSON KUNDA and CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
THE International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF) are in doubt with 100 metres runner Sydney Siame’s record set in April this year.
Siame, a Zambia Police officer, timed 9:88 in 100 metres race during the All-Comers Meet at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
But the world athletics body is in doubt over the time and wants to institute investigations to ascertain the truth.
Siame raced against legend Usain Bolt at the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing, where the Zambian reached the semi-finals.
According to the IAAF website, the federation has not approved Siame’s 9:88 timing and has since ranked him 142 in the world based on the 10:22 clocking he attained at another All-Comers Meet on March 11 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
After setting the Zambian national record at National Heroes Stadium on April 8, IAAF ranked Siame top in the world.
IAAF is also in doubt over another Zambian sprinter Hazemba Chidamba’s 10:11 recorded at the All-Comers Meet at National Heroes Stadium.
United States of America sprinter Christian Coleman is now the top ranked runner in the world with the timing of 9:82 recorded at Eugene Hayward Field on June 7 this year.
Yohan Blake of Jamaica, who timed 9:90 in Kingston on June 23 is ranked second ahead of South African Akani Simbine, whose best timing this year was 9:92 in Pretoria on March 4.
Siame is currently in Madrid, Spain, preparing for next month’s World Championship in London.