Yego’s Olympic Dream Hangs in the Balance After Injury

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– Yego aims for fourth Olympic appearance.

– “YouTube Man” suffers injury at Kip Keino Classic.

– Gatis, Rohler, and Timothy top podium.

– Yego optimistic about recovery.

2016 Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego is optimistic of making a historic fourth appearance after suffering a major setback during the Kip Keino Classic.

Nicknamed “The YouTube Man” for his self-taught javelin skills, Yego suffered an injury during the event’s first round, forcing him to withdraw.

The competition saw Latvia’s Cakss Gatis (81.74m), Germany’s Thomas Rohler (80.62m) and Belgium’s Herman Timothy (79.94m) claim the podium spots.

“The injury at the Kip Keino Classic set me back. I had to stop training to heal,” Yego explained.

However, he is optimistic about his recovery and aims to meet the Olympic qualification mark before next week’s Kenyan trials.

Body regained

“My body feels fine now. I am confident a big throw is coming. My coaches and management are working on ensuring I participate in international events to meet the Olympic quota before the Kenyan Trials,” he added. The Olympic mark in the men’s javelin throw is 85.50m.

At the recent national championships held at the Ulinzi Sports Complex, Yego clinched the title with a throw of 81.21m, outpacing Methuselah Kiprop (74.21m) and Alexander Kiprotich (73.16m).

He aims to build on this performance to enhance his chances. “Throwing 80m at the nationals was a good sign. I want to build on that,” he remarked.

Yego Debut

Yego made his debut at the global extravaganza in 2012 during the London Summer Olympics, where he finished in position 11 with a mark of 77.15m.

He would later make his second appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he claimed silver after throwing a distance of 88.24m. Germany’s Thomas Rohler (90.30m) clinched the title.

He, however, suffered a setback at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics after he was disqualified in the quarterfinal after throwing 77.34m. Yego believes refining his run-up technique is key to achieving the qualification distance.

Praises young talent

Yego also praised the rising talent in Kenyan javelin,Methuselah Kiprop and Irene Jepkemboiand predicted success at the upcoming African Championships in Douala, Cameroon, from June 21-26.

“We have young talented throwers in the country. I am mentoring them to ensure they meet the 80m mark shortly. I predict an exemplary performance in Cameroon,” he noted.

Yego’s trophy cabinet includes the 2015 world title where he threw a distance of 92.72m-setting a personal best (PB).

Julius Yego  Profile

 Julius Yego (born 4 January 1989) is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. Nicknamed “Mr. YouTube” because he learned how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego is the African record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m.

He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014; at the 2013 World Championships he placed fourth, losing a medal in the final round. In 2014, he became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in a field event. At the 2015 World Championships he won the gold medal with a throw of 92.72m, becoming the first Kenyan to win a World Championships gold medal in a field event. He won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Seasonal bests by year

  • 2009 – 74.00
  • 2010 – 75.44
  • 2011 – 78.34
  • 2012 – 81.81
  • 2013 – 85.40
  • 2014 – 84.72
  • 2015 – 92.72
  • 2016 – 88.24
  • 2017 – 87.97
  • 2018 – 80.91
  • 2019 – 87.73
  • 2021 – 77.34
  • 2022 – 85.70

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