NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Africa javelin champion Julius Yego is not
resting on his laurels as he focuses on the Continental Cup,
which will be held in Ostrava in the Czech Republic this
Speaking in Nairobi,
Yego told Xinhua, he is not happy with his performance this
season and will seek to prove his critics wrong one more time in
Ostrava as he leads the African team to the championships.
Niggling injuries, a
road accident and loss of form have taken the wind out of Yego’s
sails, but the Olympic javelin silver medalist believes his best
throw is yet to come and Ostrava will be the perfect stage to
exhibit the magnitude of his strength.
“I am on my way back
up. I won the African title in Nigeria, but my 77.3 meters throw
was disappointing. Even if I won the title, 77 is not a good
distance to throw the javelin for me. I am still working to
regain the top form.
“Since last year, I
have blown hot and cold because of injuries. It has been a
difficult period, but I’m hopeful I can close the season with
The 2018 IAAF
Continental Cup will be held on Sept 8-9 and it brings together
athletes from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Yego will be part of
the 77-member team from Africa aiming to conquer the world. Yego
will be joined by South Africa’s Phil-Mar van Rensburg. “I
expect to have good results. Over 80 meters will be good for me.
I am not at my peak yet, but I must get a season best,” Yego
Africa is yet to win
the Continental Cup and it finished third in the last three
Africa win this time round. We have strong athletes from Kenya
in middle and long distances and Nigeria and South Africa will
lead in sprints as well as other West African athletes. We will
excel in Ostrava,” he added.
The Confederation of
African Athletics (CAA) announced the African team, which
features many of the top performers from the recent African
Championships in Asaba, Nigeria including world and Olympic
steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto. Also at the event is
world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, world 1,500m
champion Elijah Manangoi and world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri.
Kenya will be
represented by only nine athletes in Continental Cup with South
Africa having the highest number of athletes (20) in the team.