SYDNEY Siame’s dream of running against world superstar Usain Bolt yesterday turned out to be a nightmare as the Jamaican superstar routinely glided to victory in the 200m race at the World Championships in Beijing.
The Zambian teenager shot off from the blocks and flirted with the lead for about 50m before a pack of eight led by Bolt effortlessly burst past him.
By the time Bolt was proverbially breasting the tape, Siame had already disappeared from the screen, never to be seen at the championship that has also attracted doper Justin Gatlin.
When he checked on the huge screen in the Bird’s Nest Stadium where Bolt first entered the sport’s stratosphere, he saw a time of 21:08 seconds, way below his personal best of 20:53 seconds. And these were just the preliminaries!
Siame was possibly overwhelmed by the presence of Bolt whose personal best and world record stands at 19.19 seconds.
Bolt, himself, was far from that time, somewhat intentionally as he slowed down in the final quarter to still win with the timing of 20:28 seconds.
Gatlin – comfortably the fastest man in the world this year over 200m, as he was over 100m – ran a smooth 20.19seconds as he seeks revenge for his shock defeat on Sunday night.
Siame’s elimination summed up an expected forgettable outing by Zambia as 400m runner Kabange Mupopo also finished last in her heat in the semi-finals.
Her body language told it all. She struggled from start to end and when she was reaching the finishing line, she was facing everyone’s back. She clocked 51:93seconds which is below her personal best time of 50:87 seconds.
In Mupopo’s heat, the winner Allyson Felix of the United States of America timed 49:89 seconds.