Kenya’s Julius Yego who taught himself the game of javelin throw by watching YouTube videos has won gold at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing this afternoon. Julius threw a titanic 92.72m to win gold. There are now only two men in the history of the sport who have thrown further.
The Kenyan standing 26, standing only 5ft 8in/1.75m tall is not exactly your typical international javelin thrower, but he overcame the stereotype. Yego is said to have been Rejected as a runner by sports coaches as a schoolboy, he taught himself the javelin by watching videos on YouTube.
Julius Kiplagat Yego (born 4 January 1989) is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 metres. He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014; at the 2013 World Championships he placed fourth, losing a medal in the final round. In 2014, he became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in a field event.
Yego was born in Cheptonon (Saba River) location in Tinderet, Nandi District.
Yego became interested in the javelin throw as a youth and he watched videos of athletes such as Jan Zelezny andAndreas Thorkildsen on YouTube to help with his technique. He competed in the high school regional championships in 2003. In 2006 he won the national junior title and broke the Kenyan junior record with a throw of 67 metres. More renowned for distance runners, Yego quickly ascended to the top of the Kenyan scene. He won his first national title in the javelin at the age of nineteen in 2008 and defended it in both 2009 and 2010.