Yego itching to flex his javelin acumen

Jul 25, 2021
  • Julius Yego poses next his national record in Finland.(Photo:Courtesy)

“I did it! “Julius Yego told me excitedly on Tuesday when I caught up with him on his return to London from his ‘second home’ Finland which has been his training base for most of the season.

“Did what?” I implored curiously. In barely a year the Kenyan had risen from obscurity to a formidable force amongst African top javelin throwers. He won the Pan- African games title last September with a historic gold with a throw of 78.34m in his first attempt.

Last month he iced his performance with yet another continental title at the African championships.

Remarkable performances by the 23-year-old Kenyan, so what could he have done? Maybe secured the services of a coach in Nairobi meaning he will spend less time on Youtube trying to watch the world top throwers shift their weights and unleash the strength of their arms.

“I have hit the magic mark, I am now on 80!” Yego offered in response to my blank stare.

When he won the African title in Benin, the smile that lit up his face in Maputo was missing; he was definitely thrilled with the gold but certainly not his winning throw of 76.68m.

Having earned his B qualification for the London Olympics, the only field member of the Kenyan athletics team ordinarily dominated by the famed middle and long distance runners, his immediate target was to ‘shift his training to the 80,’ as proof of his insatiable quest for javelin honours.

“I was overjoyed with my throw of 81.12m on Sunday (23) at the competition in Finland,” said Yego of yet another stint in Kourtane and a chance to compete just before his biggest career test.

“I had the privilege of competing at my training base, where I finished fifth but more importantly I crossed the magic number 80, just what I need before the Olympics.”

Yego, who is a Policeman is clearly a man at peace his with profession, his achievements and even motivated by his capabilities. Here in London he will definitely be one of the key figures to watch if he makes the final cut on August 11.

“I want more honors, so much more. But for now the focus is to make it to the final,”Yego said, not wanting his current good run of form to blur his search to carve a niche in Javelin.

“I am a champion by right and champions have to represent their countries and compete with rivals from other nations.

Undoubtedly what I gain from here will be the experience and the honour of an Olympian,” he added never mind that qualification for London makes him the countrys' first Javelin thrower at the Games.


 Evelyn Watta in London

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