World news – Yego on a mission to strike gold in Tokyo


With his throw of 92.72 m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, he is the fifth best in the world.

Julius Yegos 88.24 m litter on August 20, 2016 during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro achieved a silver medal. The litter remains his second best.

It was a surprising feat from an athlete proud to train on YouTube who didn’t go to Rio in his best form.

Yego, who has not competed since 2019 when he represented Kenya at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, has his eye for gold at the Tokyo Olympics, a show that will follow the Covid-19 Pandemic has been postponed from 2020 to 2021.

The former world champion and African javelin record holder said he is in tip-top shape and hopes to keep in shape as he retires to his training base at the Eldoret Sports Club in Eldoret.

He says the sports club has the best training room and be one of the discreet places that are conducive to his training.

He told Standard Sport that he would train hard for the next five months with a view to a gold medal.

The 32-year-old Yego had indicated last August that the 2020 Olympics would be the last in his fascinatingly great spear career could be.

The policeman said his mission to hit gold and take his career to new heights will depend on sustaining top form.

“I won silver in 2016 and this time I want to do my best to win gold. I know that every javelin has gold in their sights and I cannot be left behind. We all have to strive for the best, ”said a confident Yego.

Yego said the cancellation of competitions during the 2020 season helped him recover from an injury.

Julius Yego, the African and Commonwealth Champion, takes part in the Javelin Throw Men final on day two of the National Trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, Kenya, on June 31, 2016. [Photo / Stafford Ondego]

His throw of 92.72 m at the 2015 World Championships makes him the fifth best javelin athlete in the world, but Yego says he wants to improve this throw.

Yego, dubbed The YouTube Athlete because of his online training, said he plans to increase the medals for Team Kenya at the Olympics, which will be held in July and August due to the low number of competitions in the last season.

« I hope that the uncertainties about the Covid-19 and the restrictions on the sport will be removed so that the athletes can prepare well, » said Yego.

Last year the German Johannes Vetter almost broke the world record of Jan Zelezny from the Czech Republic of 98.48 m after 97.76 m.


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