Javelin hero Yego cheats death in horror car crash


The mangled wreck of Julius Yego's car after the horror smash in Eldoret. PHOTO/Courtesy
The mangled wreck of Julius Yego's car after the horror smash in Eldoret. PHOTO/Courtesy

Olympic silver medallist and world men Javelin champion, Julius Yego cheated death by a whisker when his vehicle collided with a trailer on Sunday night.

Speaking to Citizen Digital shortly after the accident, the fifth best thrower of all time assured the world he was fine after being rushed to Eldoret’s Mediheal Hospital after his vehicle that he had only recently acquired braved the massive impact as he emerged unscathed but shaken.

Julius Yego's car crashed into a trailer on Sunday night. PHOTO/Courtesy
Julius Yego’s car crashed into a trailer on Sunday night. PHOTO/Courtesy

“I would have been past tense, there is this guy who was driving a trailer and he suddenly made a U-turn in the middle of the road. I slammed so hard on the brakes and I thought I had broken my leg.

“There was no way I could avoid him, I only picked the car last week and if it was a small vehicle, then there is no telling what would have happened but I’m fine,” Yego, who was greatful to God after surviving the near-death experience said exclusively.

Rescue teams arrive at the scene of the accident involving Julius Yego. PHOTO/Courtesy
Rescue teams arrive at the scene of the accident involving Julius Yego. PHOTO/Courtesy

He was driving a Toyota Prado 4×4 vehicle at the time of the accident and he took to his Facebook wall to express gratitude he had lived to see another day.

“God is living and great!am ok my people ! Can’t believe am alive!@mungu yupo (God exists)!!am in stable condition!” Yego posted.

 “The accident happened in Eldoret, along Kapsoya Road near Equity Bank but he is okay. He was rushed to Medihill and found to be fine. The car was very new and the vehicle has been towed but the sight was bad.

“If he had a passenger, they would be no more. He was luckily driving alone but the vehicle is now a write off,” the equally relieved fellow Beijing 2015 gold medallist and three-time world men 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, who rushed to the scene after the Yego horror smash said.

Two-years ago, Kiprop also survived after his 4×4 veered off the road and crashed in the Eldoret-Kapsabet road.

“What a Stupid week two day’s after Andrew Rotich got involved in an accident Julius Yego tonight again got involved. God protect us. we thank God they are safe,’ the Beijing 2008 champion wrote on his Facebook wall in a post that had the shocking photos from the aftermath of the crash.

“Javelin Champion Julius Yego involved in road accident in Sukunanga- Annex, Eldoret. Thank God he’s safe but with minor soft tissue injury.  He’s being attended to at Mediheal Hospital, Pray for him,” another user going by the name Justice Cheiftain posted on the same social media platform as the news spread.

Kenyans who reacted to the news on social media wished Yego quick recovery as they thanked the Almighty for saving Yego who threw the monster 92.72m throw that delivered him the world title in Beijing last year from the jaws of death.

-Additional reporting by Mutwiri Mutuota/Story developing

 

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