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RUNNER Sydney Siame yesterday cruised through with ease into men’s 200m semi-finals after finishing first in his heat at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) senior championship in Asaba Nigeria.

Siame placed in heat seven, lane eight, won the 200m preliminary round in 20.66 seconds ahead of seven other runners who included Ethiopian Nathan Yitayew and Senegalese Moulaye Sonko .

He commanded the last 150m finishing line without panic.

The victory came after 800m runner Quincy Malekani, women 4x100m and 400m Daniel Mbewe failed short of the medal bracket.

Siame was last night scheduled to lead the Zambian squad in the 4x100m race. National team coach Dougals Kalembo said he had no doubt that Siame would storm the final of 200m.

Kalembo was impressed with the manner in which Siame handled the race with calmness.

“Siame carries Zambia’s medals hope and I have no doubt he will put in his best.

He is in his best form and mature enough to handle the pressure in the final race,” he said.

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