Julius Yego advances to Rio javelin final, but just barely

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Julius Yego during a past event. He bounced back from a wrong javelin throw to qualify for Rio finals. PHOTO: MPASHO

Renown javelin thrower Julius Yego made it to the final after registering a throw of 83.60 metres as the event got underway on the night of Wednesday, August 17, at the Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro.

The world champion started off on the wrong footing throwing 78.88m on his first attempt before making a wrong throw on the second attempt. He quickly recovered on the final throw to go slightly above the qualifying mark with 83.60m, the Star reports.

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Yego who is popularly known as the YouTube Man (the platform he used to teach himself the sport), was competing in Group B, one that was won by Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott with season best throw of 88.68m. Germany’s Johannes Vetter was second with 85.96m while Japan’s Royhei Arai placed third with 84.16m.

Others who qualified in the group were Peter Frydrych (Cze) 84.16m, Vitezslav Vesely (Cze) 82.85 and Aritti Ruuskanen (Finland) 82.20m.

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The preceding group A was won by Germany’s Julian Webber with a throw of 84.46 while Jakub Vadlejch (Cze) came in second with 83.27 and Dmytro Kosynskyy (Ukraine) third with 83.23m. Second German in the group Thomas Rohler managed 80.36m while Australia’s Joshua Robinson qualified albeit narrowly with 80.84m to close the top five.

During an interview, Yego admitted that the competition will be tough but promised to give it his best shot as he seeks to add Olympic gold to his trophy shelf.

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The finals are slated for Sunday, August 21, at the Olympic Stadium.

Via the Star