The technique Julius Yego is working on to achieve his fourth-straight Olympic qualification

The technique Julius Yego is working on to achieve his fourth-straight Olympic qualification

Mark Kinyanjui 11:47 - 06.06.2024

Yego has revealed the aspect about the training he is working on in order to achieve Olympic qualification.

2016 Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego is concentrating on refining his run-up technique as he aims to make a historic fourth appearance at the Olympics.

 Known as "The YouTube Man" for his self-taught javelin skills, Yego suffered an injury during the first round of the Kip Keino Classic, forcing him to withdraw from the event.

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

“The injury at the Kip Keino Classic set me back. I had to stop training to heal,” Yego explained as quoted on The Star. Despite this setback, he remains optimistic about his recovery and is focused on meeting the Olympic qualification mark of 85.50m before next week's Kenyan trials.

“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.

Yego's recent performance at the national championships held at the Ulinzi Sports Complex demonstrated his resilience and potential. 

He clinched the title with a throw of 81.21m, outpacing Methuselah Kiprop (74.21m) and Alexander Kiprotich (73.16m). “Throwing 80m at the nationals was a good sign. I want to build on that,” he remarked.

Reflecting on his past Olympic experiences, Yego made his debut at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, finishing 11th with a mark of 77.15m.

 His big breakthrough would be at the 2015 World Athletics championships in China, where he threw a mammoth distance (92.72) to clinch gold.

He significantly improved at the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming silver with a distance of 88.24m, while Germany’s Thomas Rohler took gold with 90.30m. However, Yego faced a setback at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he was disqualified in the quarterfinals after throwing 77.34m.

To achieve the qualification distance for the upcoming Olympics, Yego believes that perfecting his run-up technique is crucial. “My run-up needs improvement. I am working hard to get it right and hit that vital Olympic mark,” he said.

 This technical adjustment is expected to enhance his overall performance and help him achieve the necessary qualification distance.

In addition to his personal goals, Yego is committed to mentoring rising talent in Kenyan javelin, including Methuselah Kiprop and Irene Jepkemboi.

 He predicts success for these young athletes 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 illustrious career also includes a 2014 Commonwealth Games championship with a distance of 83.87m, and African Games championships in 2011 (78.34m) and 2019 (87.73m). 

He is also a three-time African Championships gold medallist, winning in 2012 (76.68m), 2014 (84.72m), and 2018 (77.34m).

As Yego works towards Olympic qualification, his dedication to refining his run-up technique underscores his commitment to both his personal achievements and the development of future javelin stars in Kenya.

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