The Star (Nairobi)

12 December 2012

Kenya: Yego Targets Podium Finish

The 2012 London Olympic javelin throw finalist Julius Yego has laid his focus on a podium finish at next year's World athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.

He said his minimum objective come next year will be to hit the 85m mark and surpass the 81m national record he threw at the London Olympics.

This, he said, will come either at the worlds or at the Samsung Diamond League. "That's my dream (to be in the medal bracket in Moscow)," said Yego. "If I don't get a medal, then I should be fourth. I finished 12th in London and I believe next year is my time to bag a medal."

Yego, also known as the 'Youtube Man' for exploiting the social network as his training tool was speaking at the Moi, Kasarani yesterday during a field day with CNN crew of Fransesca Church and Justin Purefoy who are doing a documentary on the Kenyan. The documentary will feature in their 'From Human to Heroes Series' in January.

Yego was exuberant of being the first Kenyan sportsman to be featured on the global broadcaster. "It makes me feel so proud. It is so nice to be featured in a CNN programme," observed Yego. "It is not everybody who gets covered by CNN."

Church said they interested in filming Yego's story since it perfectly qualifies for their 'From Human to Heroes Series' which focuses on athletes who have made it to the top through in an extra ordinary way.

"Julius' story shows determination in overcoming adversities by competing in a sport that no one else competes in Kenya," said Church. "We heard the story of Yego teaching himself on Youtube and we thought it was an extra ordinary story of individual determination."

Yego reckoned that featuring at the Olympic Games has changed his life, making him famous and popular. He, however, observed that personal discipline has been key in ensuring that he handles the celebrity status.

"Currently, I am doing gym work since I need to be very strong," Yego revealed. "I also need to get a way past the injuries that occurred during last season."

He revealed that he has acquired himself an international coach and since the coach lives in Finland, his reliance on Youtube still continues on daily basis. "I can't shun Youtube. It is where it all began and even after I threw my javelin at the Olympics final, I went on to watch how I did it, on Youtube," joked Yego.

Yego revealed that he still has a chance to train in Finland but not until March. "At the moment, it is winter there and thus uncondusive for training."

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