Sydney Siame is devastated after being eliminated from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Siame failed to qualify for the Men’s 200m semifinals after finishing fourth in Heat 4 on Tuesday with a time of 21.01 seconds.
“One of the worst seasons ever in my athletics career,” Siame wrote on his official facebook page.
“Failing to proceed to the next round it’s something which is so painful, but when I look back to the things that have gone through it takes someone who’s mentally strong to overcome,” he said.
Siame was Zambia’s last hope in Tokyo after fellow runner Rhoda Njobvu’s Olympics campaign ended on Monday when she finished fourth in Heat 4 of the women’s 200m race after clocking 23.33 seconds.
“I will remain proud of myself, I won’t give up, I still have the duty to pave the way and show young Zambian athletes that it’s possible. It’s a matter of getting back to the drawing board and coming back stronger for the 2022 season,” he said.
After his well-documented exploits at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2014, when he crossed the 100m line in 10.56 seconds, this was Siame’s biggest test.
After winning gold in the 200m at the All-African Games in 2019, the national 100m and 200m record holder became the first Zambian to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games.