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Yego shatters javelin record

27 May 2015, 15:44

Nairobi - Julius Yego shattered the Kenyan javelin record for the sixth consecutive occasion on Tuesday to claim victory in the Golden Spike meeting Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Yego claimed gold with a distance of 86.88 metres to record his first victory on the IAAF World Challenge circuit.

Diamond Race winner Thomas Rohler recorded a personal season’s best of 85.36m to win silver, while Tero Pitkamaki was third with a throw of 83.96m.

Yego told the Daily Nation that performing in the difficult, wet conditions made his result even more rewarding

“The weather wasn’t very good to us, but I’m really happy that I produced such a good result,” he said.

“It’s an honour to compete in front of the world record-holder, Jan Zelezny. He is my role model.”

Yego’s victory was the highlight of the meet from a Kenyan perspective, with his compatriots not fairing as well.

Olympic champion and world 800m record-holder David Rudisha was expected to put in a strong challenge on Tuesday, but withdrew from the race after around 200m after suffering a thigh injury.

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