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Yego targets gold at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

15 November 2013, 07:47

Nairobi - Julius Yego has set his focus on winning a medal at his inaugural Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in August.

The javelin maestro has carved a niche in the throws as one of the potential medallist ahead of the club games. "I have just started my training. I still have a long way to go. I believe Nairobi will be a good base for the time being.

"It will be good if I make the Commonwealth games. I want to win an international medal and hopefully, gain more experience as I focus on the 2015 World Championships in China and the Rio Olympics in 2016," Yego told Xinhua in Nairobi on Thursday.

Yego, who made the headlines when he became the first man from Kenya to qualify and compete the event at the Olympics in 2012, went a notch higher this year by making his debut at the World Championships, where he wind up fourth, missing the medal by just one meter.

However, he accomplished one of his targets, which was to throw a new personal best, one he attained in hurling the javelin 85.40m away. This remains Kenya's record.

But the Africa Javelin Champion is not allowing himself to be carried off by the star status bestowed on him as he launches yet another season.

However, he hopes to remain focused, immerse himself into training and hope to come out with an enhanced reputation that will see him climb up the winner's podium in Glasgow in August.

"In one month time, I will be ready to take my training a notch higher. I want to be ready for competition as early as February and hopefully compete in one or two events.

"Beijing is one of the places I have penciled to compete in the IAAF World Tour event. It was my fourth stop in May last year and I enjoyed the crowd support there. I believe a return to China will inspire my season," said Yego.

Indeed, Yego was unknown in the IAAF World Challenge Beijing meet in May. He recorded 79.43 meters throw to finish fourth during the outing.

Russian Dmitriy Tarabin won the competition with 81.11 meters; he was followed by Czech Republic's Vitezslav Vesely with 80.81 meter as Ari Mannio of Finland came in third with 80.65 meter.

Devoid of a partner, a coach and requisite facilities, Yego made history with a triumph at the All African Games in September 2011 in Maputo, Mozambique.

He then set a new national record of 79.95 during the Kenyan Olympics trials in Nairobi in 2012 before taking the national record to 81.81 during the 2012 Olympics in London. Now he has taken the national record a notch higher to 85.40 meters.

"This season, I want to improve on that record. I have been tutored to enter only a few meets to avoid burning out and I intend to do just that.

"There is also the issue of doping and the coaches and our agents are doing enough to caution and educate us against ignorance and being caught off guard. I believe sports should be done in level playing field and cheats are not allowed," said Yego.

- Xinhua


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