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WOW! Kenyan Julius Yego taught himself Javelin throw via YouTube | Now He’s a World Champion, Running for Olympic Glory #Rio16

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Now this is something to get you revved up this Saturday.
We watched the Olympics qualifying rounds for the Men’s Javelin and noticed Julius Yego‘s strong performance (He came 6th in qualifications).
The commentator mentioned that Julius taught himself Javelin techniques via YouTube and that’s really what happened.

While many of his countrymen and women are superstar long distance runners, Julius was always interested in the Javelin throw.
In most cases, he did not even have access to proper javelins while practicing, therefore, he had to use makeshift long sticks.
He excelled in the sport in secondary school. He broke the Kenyan junior record and won several high school championships but as his career progressed, there were no coaches with the required level of professional knowledge in Kenya, therefore he turned to YouTube for guidance. He did not have internet access at home and he would go to a Cyber Cafe to watch.

With the help of the knowledge acquired via watching YouTube videos of his Javelin role models, he won a fourth straight Kenyan title then went to the 2011 All-Africa Games and became Kenya’s first ever champion in the event, throwing a Kenyan national record mark of 78.34 m. This bettered Paul Lagat’s fourteen-year-old national record (78.20 m). In respect of this achievement the IAAF (the sport’s governing body) gave Yego a six-month scholarship to train alongside elite javelin coaches in Europe at a training facility in Finland.

Since then, he has won major titles, including the World Championships Gold medal in Beijing last year and the Gold Model at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships in 2014.

Julius told CNN in December, “I have passion for javelin throw, I think somewhere in my blood is written javelin,”.

He is favoured to win a medal at #Rio16 tomorrow.

Wow, we are so inspired.

You can do it, No excuses!

9 Comments

  1. Spirit

    August 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Best wishes to him. Kenya has already collected a good number of medals in Rio. Perhaps Yego will add another to the collection.

    • Ene

      August 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      5 golds and 5 silvers as at this moment. Won’t be surprised if they get more.

    • Marlvina

      August 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      At the moment Kenyan is the first AFRICAN country on the medal table. Followed by South Africa…I searched for Nigeria. Not found. smh!

    • Anon

      August 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Well known dopers.

      FYI – theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/13/kenya-escapes-rio-olympics-ban-doping-iaaf

  2. Octopus

    August 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I’m looking to recruit outstanding individuals to join a synchronised swimming team in readiness for the 2020 Olympics. We can swim/dance under water to a mash up of shakiti bobo and yahooze. Interested individuals can reply to this and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Oh and that walk the teams do to the pool (who else finds that hilarious) mehhhn we’ll have to come up with something unique too.

    • Majestic

      August 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      If you are not joking,please do it and yourself and us proud.

    • Majestic

      August 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      **make

    • Red

      August 21, 2016 at 6:16 am

      Good call Octopus. In fact, I’m sure there are other games one can participate in at the Olympics. The lesser known games. Mehn, I have to start prepping on something. Tokyo2020, anyi n’abia! ?????? #FortheloveofNigeria???

  3. Giddygal

    August 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Octopus…you are a joker!
    You aint the lone one in finding that walk holarious?????

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