6 athletes in Diamond race in Switzerland

SPRINTER Gerald Phiri is among the six Zambian runners that will today compete in the prestigious Diamond League tournament in Switzerland.

Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) international relations and communications manager Davison Mung’ambata said it was a milestone that six Zambian athletes were invited to run in the competition that has the best athletes in the world.

“This is a historic moment for athletics in Zambia as we have never had six runners competing in such a high profile tournament at once. It should be noted that athletes are invited hence it speaks volume about the pedigree of Zambian runners, “he said.

He said he was confident of good performance from the six as they have tremendously improved on time.

“It is encouraging to note that our athletes keep breaking their personal best. Last week, Siame broke his record of 10:26s to 10:18s during the All-Comers-Meet tournament. The athletes are extremely working hard and focused to set new international records, “he said.

He  named the six as Phiri (100), Saviour Kombe (400m), Kabange Mupopo (400m), Sydney Siame (100m), Brian Kasinda (100) and Hazemba Chitamba (800m).

He said Siame, Kasinda and Chitamba joined the three other athletes that are camped in Europe on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mung’ambata announced that Kombe, Phiri and Mupopo were the athletes that had so far qualified for the IAAF World Championship slated for next month in Benjing, China. He said there was still time to qualify more athletes and was hoping another athlete will manage to qualify during the Diamond League.