DIANA CHIPEPO, Lusaka
RUNNER Sydney Siame is targeting beating his personal best time in 200m at the ongoing International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF)
World Championship in London.
Siame said in an interview from London yesterday that competition at the World Championship is tough but he will do his best to set a new personal best time.
Siame’s personal best time in 200m is 20:36 seconds.
“This is not an easy competition. The world stage is tough. I can’t promise much, this is the World Championship and competition is tough. All I can say is that I will do my level best and I am expecting to run a personal best in 200m,” said Siame, who will start his campaign on Monday.
Siame was also supposed to compete in 100m but his entry was nullified after the IAAF doubted the 9:88seconds he clocked during the All-Comers Meet at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka in April this year.
He has put behind the disappointment of missing the 100m race.
Siame said his chances of winning a medal in 200m are higher compared to 100m.
“I have been wanting to run 200m and it came my way, so I am happy that I will compete in 200m because the chances are higher than 100m,” he said.
Siame competed in 100m at the World Championship in Beijing in 2015 and reached the semi-finals.
He raced against legend Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
The other Zambian representative in London is Kabange Mupopo, who is competing in the 400m category.
Mupopo is scheduled to run tomorrow.