Fabulous Yego stabs season best in Oslo

By evelyn watta
Jun 11, 2021
  • Julius Yego in action during the Commonwealth games trials at the Nyayo National stadium last weekend.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

World championship finalist Julius Yego, warmed up for his commonwealth games debut with a season best 84.17 throw at the Diamond league in Oslo for silver, just a centimeter behind the world champion Tero Pitkamaki, the winner on Wednesday.

Just three days after topping the commonwealth games trials in Nairobi on 80.02m, the 24-year-old African champion hurled 80.83m in his first attempt, improved to 81.37m before the 83.49 mark that had him topping the field of 11.

He waned in his next attempt dropping to 79.53m as the Finish Olympic bronze medalist threw the winning 84.18 that won him the competition.

Yego’s final stab ranked him second ahead of the gold medalist from Daegu Vitezslay Vesely from the Czech Republic(83.53).

It was also a good night for another Glasgow bound athlete, Jairus Birech in the men’s 3000m steeplechase after a leading run which he won in 8:02.37 ahead of the gritty American Evan Jager(8:06.97) with Hilary Yego and Paul Kipsele Koech finishing third and fourth in 8:10.93 and 8:14.29 respectively.

Eunice Sum carried on her superlative form winning the women’s 800m to consolidate the diamond league lead in 1:59.02 as American Wilson Ajee(1:59.68) and Briton Jessica Judd (1:59.77) also followed through breaking the 2 minute mark.

The other two Janeth Jepkosgei finished fourth in 2:00.20 with compatriot Agatha Jeruto seventh(2:00.95) both alongside Sum who will race for Kenya in Scotland.

World indoor 3000m champion Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku timed his kick too late that probably gifted Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew who won the 5000m race in 13:01.57.

Ndiku beat Galen Rupp of USA in the home stretch for second in 13:03.35 as Thomas Longosiwa rounded up the top four positions in 13:04.68.