Javelin Maestro Julius Yego Bags First Medal in Home Competition

Julius Yego
Kenyan Javelin thrower in action at the Kip Keino Classic on May 7.

Javelin sensation, Julius Yego, has bagged silver in the ongoing Kip Keino Classic after throwing a 79.59m.

Yego - who was competing for the first time in front of a home crowd against international athletes - was beaten to gold by Egyptian Abdelrahman Ihab with a throw of 83.79 in his first attempt.


Yego registered a couple of season bests with all of his throws at Kasarani Stadium.

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"I think I am back now. I feel I am now fit and ready to return to my best. My target was to throw over 80m and though I didn't make it, I am happy with my performance today.

"I am ready for championships after being out for so long.

"I am pleased with the result, a season-best for me. It is still the start of the season and I know I can still do better," Yego stated.

The National and Commonwealth Games champion registered his season-best in the second attempt.

In his second attempt, the national champion and Commonwealth Games champion managed a season best of 79.42.

South African Johann Grobler came in third with a 79.11m throw, with Kenyan Alexander Kiprotich finishing last with a 75.04m throw.

Kiprotich expressed that his results were not disappointing as the tournament has enabled him identify what to improve on.

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