Sydney Siame breaks 100 metre record

Sydney Siame of Zambia celebrates after the Men's 100m Final of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Sydney Siame of Zambia

SPRINTER Sydney Siame yesterday broke his 100m record after timing 10:45 seconds during the Zambia Amateur Athletic Association (ZAAA) All-Comers Meet tournament in Lusaka.
Siame, who won gold at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics with a time of 10:56 seconds and recently won bronze at the Africa Junior Athletics Championship, beat his personal best and national record of 10:50 seconds.

ZAAA president Elias Mpondela praised 16-year-old Siame for the achievement and that the onus now was on the coaches to ensure that the Chingola based runner maintains his timing.
“It’s an incredible performance from Sydney Siame. Sydney was dubbed one of the fastest youths at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and it is still evident. It’s a challenge to the coaches and even us as the association to ensure that he maintains and even improves his timing,” he said.

ZAAA international relations and communications manager Davison Mung’ambata said Siame was now close to qualifying to the World 2015 Youth Championship (WYC).
He said WYC’s qualifying time was 10:30 seconds and Siame was close to getting to that time record.
The ZAAA All-comers Meet tournament took place yesterday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) with over 200 participants taking part.
By MWANGALA LISELI – times of zambia