CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
SPRINTER Sydney Siame on Sunday qualified for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia after emerging victorious at the Lapinlahti International Meet in Finland.
Siame raced to 20.36 seconds in the 200m race at Leppavaara Stadium in Helsinki.
His personal best is 20.53 seconds.
He becomes the second Zambian runner to qualify for the Commonwealth Games after United States of America-based long-distance runner Jordan Chipangama.
According to results posted on Reef Line’s website, Siame beat second-placed Emile Erasmus of South Africa by 00.56 seconds.
“Just ran a personal best today [Sunday] in 200m and qualified for the World Championship in London next month as well as the Commonwealth Games next year. To God be the glory,” Siame, who also races in 100m, posted on his Facebook page.
Swedish duo of Tom Klinge- Baptiste and Stefan Tarnhuvud finished third and fourth after clocking 21.14 and 21.95 seconds, respectively.
Siame is in Europe to prepare for next month’s International Association of Athletics Federations World Championship slated for London.
And Zamb i a Ama t eur Athletics Association president Elias Mpondela is delighted with Siame’s performance.
“Since childhood, Siame has never disappointed in his performance. He has been consistent. We are proud of him…we are looking forward to more of such exciting news,” Mpondela said.
Kabange Mupopo, Hazemba Chindamba, Siame and Chipangama will represent the country at the World Championship.