Today we pay tribute to
Julius Yego (born 4 January 1989) in Cheptonon in Tinderet Nandi District is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. Yego is nicknamed as the “You Tube man” since he learnt his skills from the You Tube.
His first attempt was in school where he competed in high school regional championship in 2003. In 2006, he won the national junior title and broke the Kenyan junior record with a throw of 67 meters. He won his first national title in the javelin at the age on nineteen in 2008 and defended it in both 2009 and 2010.
He earned his first national call up in 2010 and threw a personal best of 74.51 m to take the bronze medal at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics held in Nairobi. He improved his best to 75.44 m at the Kenyan commonwealth trials. In 2011 at All-African Games, he became Kenya’s first ever champion, throwing a Kenyan national record mark of 78.34 m. He earned a scholarship from IAAF to train alongside elite javelin coaches in Europe due to this great achievement.
In 2012, Yego threw a new record of 79.95 m. He improved the Kenyan record at Finnish Elite Games Series event in Kuortane on July 22, 2012, throwing 81.12 meters. During the London 2102 Olympics, he broke his own national record by 69 cm, to make it 81.81 m.
At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Yego was placed fourth improving his Kenyan record to 85.40m. He was ranked fifth in the world that year. In 2014, he won at the Commonwealth Games with a distance of 83.87 m. He won a second gold the same year at the African Championships, throwing a season best 84.72 m.
In 2015 May 26, he threw a new Kenyan record of 86.88 m. On June 4 he improved to 87.71 m at the Golden Gala in Rome placing second. Three days later, he won the British Grand with a massive throw of 91.39m. His throw was a new African record and the best in the world since 2006. In 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Yego won silver with a throw of 88.24 m.