Yego looking to spear even further in Rome

By alex wafula
Jun 02, 2015
  • Julius Yego targets to improve his personal best on Thursday at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome.(Photo:SNA File)

After breaking his own national record last week in Ostrava, Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego believes he can improve on his personal best possibly this week when the IAAF Diamond League makes its pit stop in Rome.

Yego set a national record of 86.88m and improved on his personal best of 85.40m at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, his first win ever at the IAAF World Challenge meeting last Tuesday.

“If the weather will be okay I can throw further than that. You never know how you will perform because of weather changes. Like in Ostrava my first throw was 72 because of the weather but then I threw 86, so you never really know what you will do. If my body will be very good at that point then I will throw a further distance,” Yego told Sportsnewsarena ahead of Thursday’s competition.

On his 86.88 throw in Ostrava, Yego was pleasantly surprised.

“For sure I was not expecting that I will break my national record or my personal best but it came as a surprise. I thank God because of the good performance and the good distance but I never expected the record to start at that point.”

After Rome, he will head the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham then the World Challenge in Rabat, Morocco before turning his attention to the prepare for the National Championships.

His eyes are fixed on getting a podium finish in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing China, in August after narrowly missing the same in the last world championships in Moscow in 2013.

“The World Championships still remains my biggest target. I want to work hard and make a podium finish because in the last world championships I missed the podium by a whisker and I will be very happy getting into the podium this time round.”

On the All Africa Games where he is the defending Champion, Yego is doubtful of his participation because of the proximity of the competition to the World Championships.

“I am not sure about the All Africa games because we don’t know the criteria AK will use since the two competitions come very close, a difference of one week. The distance and the effects of travel might affect. But if we will have at least a week to rest, I can. I am the defending champion, I wish to go there but that depends on world championships,” Yego noted.