Julius Yego has become the first ever Kenyan to win an Olympic medal in Javelin after throwing a Season Best of 88.24 to win the Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics.
it was a night of mixed emotions for Yego, who in the first round of the final had his best throw, as an injury to his ankle in his fourth round prevented him from making one last attempt at the gold medal. Just after his injury, German Thomas Rohler made a 90.30m throw to win gold, and a helpless Yego could only look on in tears, unable to respond to the German’s effort.
Julius Yego, 27, is most certainly one of the greatest Olympic stories of all time. Growing up in Kenya, he always wanted to become a javelin athlete, but did not have access to coaching or equipment to take part in the competition. However, this did not deter him, as he turned to YouTube, the internet video sharing website, to learn how to throw. Many years of studying, training and sacrifice led him to the Olympic finals, earning him the nickname the YouTube Athlete.
His achievement is no small feat. He is the first Kenyan not only to represent Kenya in Javelin, but the first to win a medal in it. He is the current world champion, and his story has inspired people across the world.
Congratulations, Julius Yego. Kenya is truly proud and honoured to have you as our athlete.