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Kenya's YouTube man dreams of conquering Moscow

18 July 2013, 16:19

Nairobi - Kenya's lone field athlete at the World Championships Julius Yego has firmly cast his gaze on winning the country its first medal in javelin despite having no coach.

Yego, who made history as the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics in London 2012, without a coach, will continue relying on YouTube to download his tips.

"I will continue using YouTube to hone my skills. I am probably the only athlete going to Moscow for the World Championships without a coach. I have launched complain with Athletics Kenya and will see how they respond," he said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Yego reached javelin final at 2012 London Games and finished 12th. He threw the 800-gram spear 81.81 meters - his personal best.

However, Yego broke his own national record when he set a new 82.09 meters mark during the national trials in Nairobi last Saturday.

The Africa champion may not have won a medal in London Olympics but his achievement in qualifying and then reaching the final in a specialist discipline was a triumph over adversity.

"I have always relied on internet. I do not have a coach, my motivation comes from within. Kenya has many track athletes, yet many have talent in field events, but they never go far. I tried it out and it has become a great achievement. But training without a coach is not an easy thing," he said.

Out of the 49 athletes that Kenya has named to the World Championships, it was only Yego who arrived in training camp in Nairobi Wednesday. This is a clear indication of the discipline and dedication he puts on his trade.

It will be the first time for him to compete at the World Championships, but that is not leaving him dreading on the calibre of opposition he will meet.

He competed at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in May in China finishing seventh with a throw of 78.23 meters.

He opened the season with a trip to the IAAF World Challenge series held in Japan at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix where he threw 76.43 and finished fourth.

That, however, will not count as he heads to Moscow. To be able to get over his adversity, Yego plans to train three times a day in the build up to Moscow.

"I will take each stage at a time. It is not easy to do this all alone, but I have designed a personal training schedule that will help me gain skills and techniques. I want to be at my best level," said Yego.

"That is why I have limited the number of events I took part in this season. I want to focus on Moscow. For now I reserve my energy."

The result of limited shows abroad has seen him improve his mark to 82.29 during the Kenya trials to select the team to Worlds.

"It was incredible to see the spear thrust to that mark. I mean it was just amazing. That is a great point of encouragement to what I plan to do in Moscow. I aim to throw at least past the 85m mark.

"But for now what I want is to qualify to the next stage and wait for the finals. What medal I will win is not important at the moment. One thing at a time," he added. 


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