Kenyan Julius Yego wins javelin gold in IAAF World Championships

javelin kenyaKenya’s Julius Yego who taught himself the game of javelin throw by watching YouTube videos has won gold at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing this afternoon. Julius threw a titanic 92.72m to win gold.

After his first throw that didn’t count, a tense Yego would score 82.42m in his second for a fifth overall placing before hauling a monster 92.72m in his third throw that wrapped up the contest. Ihab Abdelrahman El-Sayed of Egypt won silver in 88.99, while Tero Pitkamaki of Finland finished third in 87.64.

Yego’s historic moment, which came a day after Nicholas Bett gave the country its maiden 400m hurdles world title, was enough to see Yego break the Africa record for the second time and the national record for the ninth time.

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