Yego eyes Continental Cup success after Asaba glory
- Former World javelin champion Julius Yego said his performance in Asaba, Nigeria was an indication he is back on track as he turned his attention on next month's Continental Cup
- The Olympic silver medalist threw 77.34m at the Delta State City to win his third African Championships title following victories in Porto Novo, Benin in 2012 and at Marrakech 2014
Former World javelin champion Julius Yego said his performance in Asaba, Nigeria was an indication he is back on track as he turned his attention on next month’s Continental Cup.
The Olympic silver medalist threw 77.34m at the Delta State City to win his third African Championships title following victories in Porto Novo, Benin in 2012 and at Marrakech 2014.
“I wasn’t able to do well at the Commonwealth Games and in the IAAF Diamond League because of injuries but for now I am back and hope to do well in Czech Republic next month,” Yego said.
The 64-strong Kenyan contingent to Asaba returned to the country on Monday night after topping the medals chart with 19; 11gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze.
Beatrice Chepkoech, who broke the 3000m steeplechase World record at the Monaco Diamond League last month, clocked 8 minutes 58.85 seconds to lead the Kenyan podium sweep with Celliphine Chespol and Fancy Cherotich finishing second and third.
Chepkoech said she was happy to continue her fine form after claiming the title won in 2016 in Durban, South Africa by her compatriot Norah Jeruto.
“I am so happy to be the African champion. At first I didn’t know I will win but I thank God for enabling me to win this. My focus now is the finals of Diamond League and Continental Cup and I hope to bring gold to my country too,” Chepkoech said.
Team Manager Abraham Mutai was proud of the achievements of the team that endured a chaotic 48-hour delay in Lagos.
“I am impressed by the togetherness of this team. We went to Nigeria with one Motto; to win. Even thought we got frustrations for two days, we still overcame them,” Mutai said.
Newly minted 5000m World Under-20 champion Edward Zakayo added the African title to his medal collection with victory in Asaba.
The form three student at the Kapsait Athletics Secondary School on the West Pokot-Elgeyo Marakwet border said he had reserved his energy for the final kick.
“I knew this was my race. I wasn’t going to leave this title behind. We trained well before leaving Kenya. And the positive results are here. Despite all the challenges and the stiff competition from other countries, i managed to bring Gold.” Said Zakayo, the World U20 Champion.
Kenyan Medal-winning Performances at Asaba2018
- Conseslus Kipruto – 3,000m steeplechase
- Julius Yego – Javelin
- Hellen Obiri- 5,000m
- Elijah Managoi – 1,500m
- Edward Zakayo- 5,000m
- Winny Chebet – 1,500m
- Beatrice Chepkoech – 3, 000m steeplechase
- Matthew Sawe – High Jump
- Samuel Gathimba -20km men walk
- Stacy Ndiwa -10,000m
- 4X400m -men
- Timothy Cheruiyot -1,500m
- Celliphine Chepsol -3,000m steeplechase
- Alice Aprot -10,000m
- Emmanuel Korir- 800m
- 4X400m (Women)
- Grace Wanjiru -20km walk
- Fancy Cherono – 3,000m steeplechase
- 4X100m -Women
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