Zambian athletes Sydney Siame and Kabange Mupopo last night qualified to the Men’s 200 semi finals and women’s 400 meters finals respectively at the 2017 World Championships in London.

Siame shocked his competitors with a time of 20.29 seconds to also set a new Zambian record.

Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago and Filippo Tortu of Italy also qualified in 2nd and 3rd with times of 20.48 and 20.59 respectively.

Meanwhile, Mupopo, the Shepolopolo striker finished 2nd in heat 3 with a time of 50.60 seconds behind Phyllis Francis of the USA who won with a time of 50.37 second. But it was enough to see the youngster through to the finals tomorrow Wednesday , August 9.

And Siame told SuperSport that he was excited to have performed beyond expectations in his race.

“The season has been very good but I have been preparing for this race running in the 100 meters. This is my second race in the 200 meters and I am very happy with my performance,” said Siame.

The highlight of the 20-year-old Siame’s career as a sprinter came three years ago when he won Gold in China as a junior at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games that were held in Nanjing.