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Yego ready Glasgow medal battle

15 July 2014, 12:48

Nairobi - African javelin champion Julius Yego is confident of finally winning a medal at an international event during the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 25-year-old made history at the 2012 London Olympics when he became the first athlete from Africa to make the javelin final of the Olympics, and nearly won a medal at the World Championships in Moscow last year, where he finished fourth with a personal best of 85.40m.

"The 2010 edition in India was my first time to compete outside Kenya although I reached the finals it was not my best performance since I threw 69.60m which is way below the standards of winning a gold medal," Yego told Capital Sport.

"But this year I'm at the right age and the timing is good, comparing my previous performance in the championships I have been throwing good distances and hopefully, I will do above 82.00m in Commonwealth to be sure of winning gold.

"Moscow was a big milestone for me, entering the medal bracket and coming out of it in a short time was an experience but at the end of it all the results that I achieved was brilliant.

"After setting my Personal Best of 85.40m, I have never looked back I still keep on working hard to make sure I win gold for my country in the global event since I have won two in Africa titles and I'm looking forward to breaking my PB either in Glasgow or in next year's World Championship."

Despite having the pedigree to challenge for the gold medal, Yego believes champion Keshorn Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago will be the man to beat in Glasgow.

"In championships surprises do happen like in 2012 nobody expected Walcott to be crowned champion, I know he will be in the Commonwealth and I can never rule anybody out since they are all competitors,” he continued.

"I want to make sure I beat them all."
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