NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic javelin silver medalist
Julius Yego of Kenya says he is happy with his progress after he
recaptured the Africa Championship title in Asaba, Nigeria.
The Kenyan, 29, is
now certain of his chances of making the Africa team to the IAAF
Continental Cup in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept. 18-19
and believes it will help him turn another page since his return
from the groin injury that has plighted his career since Rio
2016 Olympic Games.
“It is another
milestone for me in my recovery plan. It is good to win again.
But the focus will be at competing strongly at the IAAF
Continental Cup,” said Yego, Tuesday in Nairobi.
All of the top
finishers at the Africa Championships secured automatic tickets
to the IAAF Continental Cup. But the athletes will shortly turn
their focus to the Diamond League, which will have its finals in
Brussels on Sept. 2.
The Diamond League
will return on Aug. 18 with the Birmingham Leg. However, for
Yego, improving his throwing skills closer to his 92 meter mark
is what will count for him.
In Nigeria, Yego won
his specialty with a second round 77.34m effort, defeating South
African Philmar Van Rensburg (76.57m), with Kure Adams of
Nigeria taking bronze with 75.69m.
But a challenge lies
ahead as Yego struggles to return to the top of javelin in the
world. Olympic champion Thomas Rohler, Andreas Hofmann, who was
eighth at the World Championships in London, and world champion
Johannes Vetter all from Germans who have thrown over 90 meters
this season are waiting.
Yego and Sandra
Perkovic (Ukraine) will be playing catch up to Germany dominance
in Ostrava. But for now, Yego will out his legs up and relax
before returning to training in a week’s time.
“I am happy with
what the team did in Nigeria. Kenya took home titles on the
track and on the field on to up their gold medal haul to 11. I
will take few days off and return to the training,” he added.