Hungry Yego eyes more accolades in 2019


Julius Yego, the African and Commonwealth champion competes in the Javelin throw men final during ...
(FILE)Julius Yego, the African and Commonwealth champion competes in the Javelin throw men final during the National Police Service Athletics Championships at the Nyayo national stadium on May 18, 2017. Photo/Oliver/ Ananda /sportpicha

In Summary

  • Former World javelin champion Julius Yego is working towards reclaiming his title at the 2019 World Championships slated for Doha, Qatar in September.
  • The Olympic silver medalist has not rediscovered the form that propelled him to the Commonwealth and World titles in 2014 and 2015 respectively owing to recurring injury concerns.

Former World javelin champion Julius Yego is working towards reclaiming his title at the 2019 World Championships slated for Doha, Qatar in September.

The Olympic silver medalist has not rediscovered the form that propelled him to the Commonwealth and World titles in 2014 and 2015 respectively owing to recurring injury concerns.

Yego won Kenya her maiden gold medal in field events at the 2015 championships held in Beijing, China managing a throw of 92.72m after settling for the same medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland.

In the 2016 Olympics Games held in Rio, Brazil, Yego was unlucky as injury hampered his quest for gold thus settling for silver after just one throw as he succumbed to an ankle injury.

The 29-year-old would however relinquish the World and Commonwealth titles in 2017 and 2018 respectively finishing 13th in both occasions as his struggle with injuries persisted.

Despite successfully defending his African title in the 2018 championships held in Asaba, Nigeria where he also made it a hat-trick of wins at the continental stage,  Yego is not content with the achievement.

“For last season I am not so happy with my performance because I did not reach the heights I wanted. Yes, I won the African Championships in Asaba but I am not yet where I was in 2015 and 2016,” averred Yego.

Having fully recovered from injury, Yego says h e is still hungry for more with the World title his major focus in 2019.

“I resumed my build-ups early enough because I do not want to rush later on and I am happy that my body is responding well.

“I am working mainly towards the World Championships because you know when you win something you would want to repeat the same and especially being a top competition,” said Yego.

 

 

 

 

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