Zambia's Siame wins 100 meter dash at Youth Olympics

Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:34am EDT
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NANJING China (Reuters) - Zambian sprinter Sydney Siame laid claimed to the title of the world's fastest kid when he won the 100 meters final at the Youth Olympics on Saturday.

The 16-year-old African took out the blue-riband event by the barest of margins in a time of 10.56 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Japan's Kenta Oshima.

There was drama in women's final when the pre-race favorite, Poland's Ewa Nikola Swoboda, was disqualified for a false start. Swoboda was ushered away from the starting blocks after she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off.

When the race was re-started, China's Liang Xiojing showed her rivals a clean pair of heels by storming to victory in 11.65. "I didn't expect the Polish athlete to be disqualified today," Liang said. "I just wanted to run as fast as I could."

China won four of the 13 gold medals on offer on the first day of track and field at the second edition of the summer Youth Olympics, extending the host-nation's lead in the medals table.

British gymnast Giarnni Regini Moran collected his second gold medal in Nanjing when he added the men's floor to the all-around title earlier in the week.

"It is unbelievable to come away with two gold medals so far and I am going to try my hardest to come away with more," said Regini Moran.

Russia's Seda Tutkhalyan, who won the women's all-around title, picked up a second gold when she won the uneven bars on Saturday.

As expected, China won the table tennis mixed final, linking the men's individual winner Fan Zhendong with the women's winner Liu Gaoyang.   Continued...

Zambia's Sydney Siame celebrates winning the men's 100m at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song