By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Olympic javelin silver
medalist Julius Yego of Kenya will pitch camp in Cape
Town and launch his season early by competing at the
Athletix Grand Prix Meeting in South Africa in March.
Kenyan will be keen to conquer his own fears as he
returns to action after a difficult 2017 season, which
saw him struggle with a groin and ankle injuries.
“I am now
healthy and injury free. Injuries derail your plans but
I am excited for what 2018 may hold,” he said on Monday
record holder has set March 22 as the day to launch his
season and hopes it will push him to do well in the IAAF
Diamond League and the Commonwealth Games.
threw 92.72 meters to set the Africa record when he won
gold at the Beijing World Championships in 2015.
His hopes of
clinching gold in Rio Games ended after he picked up an
injury on his first throw of 88.24 meters, which was a
season best and good enough to secure him silver medal
behind Germany’s Thomas Rohler (90.30).
recovered and started 2017 on the low. The nagging groin
problem, which cost him both the Rio Olympic Games and
World Championships javelin titles, kept on recurring.
Kenyan is hopeful, he will be at the top of his game as
he heads to South Africa for a dry run before the
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from April
I won the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow four years ago,
I was in great pain. It’s the same groin problem that
saw me withdraw from the Olympics,” said Yego.
That will be
a thing of the past as he seeks win in South Africa to
launch his 2018 season.
“We are used
to competing at big meetings in Europe, USA and Asia so
when my agent (Jukka Harkonen) informed me of the
Meeting in Paarl, I immediately jumped at the chance. To
be able to compete in South Africa, on the African
continent, is important to me as it helps in growing our
sport,” said Yego.
Commonwealth Games champ believes he is inspiring for
Africans and Kenya youth to take up the sport.
many dream of making it in long distance, but recent
wins in sprints) 400m hurdlers by Nicholas Bett and
Boniface Mucheru) has left many imaging what else to
expect from Africa,” he added.