NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic javelin silver medalist Julius Yego is
hopeful to revive his career by successfully contesting and
reclaiming the world title in Doha, Qatar in 2019.
29-year-old said here Thursday that his performance last season
was below expectation despite he hurled the javelin over 80
meters to win the Africa championships.
Now he targets to get back to his former form and challenge
for the title in Qatar World Championships in October.
"It is always a struggle to regain your fitness.
"I have remained injury free in 2018, but the challenge has
been for me to regain my form.
"I may have won the Africa title in Asaba, Nigeria and had a
better throw at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, the Czech
"But the ultimate goal is to improve to the 90m mark and
return to the apex of world javelin," said Yego.
Yego’s worst performance was at the Commonwealth Games in
Gold Coast, Australia where he failed to go past the semi-final
He was fourth at the Continental Cup and he believed he will
be back at the top when the season starts in March.
"The competition is strong in javelin, but I am happy with my
progress since I injured my groin and ankle.
"But in general performance I am not happy because I did not
reach the heights I wanted.
"Yes, I won the African Championships in Asaba but I am not
yet where I was in 2015 and 2016," said Yego.
Recurring injuries punctured the aura of invincibility that
characterized Yego’s performance that led to the world crown in
Beijing 2015 and Rio Olympic silver medalist in 2016.
However, the emergence and improved performance from Germans
Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann and Olympic champion Thomas
Rohler saw Yego limited to the periphery.
There is also the young talent of India’s Neeraj Chopra.
The quartet dominated javelin in 2018.
But Yego drew inspiration from his successful quest to
reclaim the Africa title and hoped it will spur him to greater
success in 2019.
"The Africa championships was important to me because it gave
me the confidence to return to the winner’s podium.
"I want similar treatment at the World Championships and the
Diamond League circuit in the buildup to the global premier
track and field competition," added Yego.
Kenyan Haron Koech eyes to
reclaim world 400m hurdles crown
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former Africa 400m hurdles
bronze medalist Haron Koech is keen to wrest the gold medal at
this year’s IAAF World Relays Championships which will be held
in Yokohama, Japan in May.
Koech, who is the younger brother to the winner of 400m
hurdles at the 2015 IAAF World Championships Nicholas Bett, will
return to Turkey where he has signed up a contract with
Fenerbahce Istanbul for training.
"I will be participating in club competitions in Turkey next
month with my training partner Kiprono Kosgei and this will help
me in terms of preparations for the World Relays," said Koech on
Saturday in Nairobi.
The 28-year-old Koech is also keen to compete at the IAAF
World Championships in Doha, Qatar later in the year.
Bett died in a road accident last year, which Koech described
as the worst moment for him. Now he wanted to remember his
brother by helping Kenya win golds at both the World Relays and
Injury forced Bett to relinquish his 400m hurdles title in
London in 2017, but Koech believed he has what it takes to claim
Koech is a member of Kenya’s gold medal-winning 4x400 meters
relay team at last year’s African Championships in Asaba,
Nigeria. He also won silver in the same event in 2016 in Durban,
Alongside the Relays and the World Championships, Koech will
also be throwing his hat in the ring for the IAAF Diamond
League, eyeing the lucrative Diamond Trophy and the Africa
Games, which will be held in Morocco in June.