Born: 4th January 1989 in Cheptonon (Saba River) location in Tindiret, Nandi District.
Julius Kiplagat Yego is a Kenyan track and Field athlete who competes in the Javelin Throw. He is the Kenyan Record holder for the event with a personal best of 85.40 metres. He was third at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics and became the first Kenyan to win the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011.
Yego became interested in the javelin throw as a youth and he watched videos of athletes such as Jan Zelezny and Andreas Thorkildsen on Youtube to help with his technique. He competed in the high school regional championships in 2003. In 2006 he won the national junior title and broke the Kenyan junior record with a throw of 67 metres. More renowned for distance runners, Yego quickly ascended to the top of the Kenyan scene.He won his first national title in the javelin at the age of nineteen in 2008 and defended it in both 2009 and 2010.
He earned his first national call up in 2010 and threw a personal best of 74.51 m to take the Bronze Medal at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, which was held in Nairobi. He improved his best to 75.44 m at the Kenyan Commonwealth trials. He traveled to New Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but performed less well and ended the competition in seventh place with a best throw of 69.60 m. In 2011 he still did not have a throwing coach, due to the lack of popularity of the event in Kenya. Despite this, he won a fourth straight Kenyan title then went to the 2011 All-Africa Games and became Kenya’s first ever champion in the event, throwing a Kenyan National Record mark of 78.34 m. This bettered Paul Lagat’s fourteen-year-old national record (78.20 m). In respect of this achievement the IAAF (the sport’s governing body) gave Yego a six-month scholarship to train alongside elite javelin coaches in Europe, with the aim of preparing him for the 2010 London Athletics.
After two months of training at the IAAF accredited centre in Kuortane, Finland, Yego returned to Kenya in April 2012 and threw a new record of 79.95 m. This was within the Olympic “B” standard for the event and gained him the prospect of becoming the first Kenyan person to compete in the javelin at the Olympics. He improved the Kenyan record at Finnish Elite Games Series event in Kourtane on July 22, 2012, Finland throwing 81.12 metres During theLondon 2010 Olympics qualifying round, he broke his own national record by 69 cm, to make it 81.81m. That throw was enough to send him into the final.
12th at 2012 London Olympic Games; Fourth at IAAF 2013 World Championships; Fourth at 2014 IAAF Continental Cup; Won gold at 2012 and 2014 Africa Championships, Won gold at 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Fondly known as the “Youtube man” for learning javelin from the internet, Yego has been phenomenal since hitting the international scene with bronze for Kenya at the 2010 Africa Championships in Nairobi. He would make his maiden trip abroad for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Yego won Kenya’s first ever field gold at the 2011 All-Africa Games with a national record throw of 78.34m and would improve it to 79.95m on April 2012 at the nationals after returning from Finland where he was on a scholarship at the IAAF centre in Kuortane.
His throw qualified him in “B” standard for the 2012 London Olympics, making his the first Kenyan in the field events. He improved the Kenyan record at Finnish Elite Games Series in Kuortane on July 22, 2012, throwing 81.12m. At the London Olympics qualifying round, Yego hauled a national record 81.81m to reach the final before finishing 12th overall.
Yego was placed fourth at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, improving his Kenyan record to 85.40m. Yego won javelin gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, beating the reigning Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, with a distance of 83.87 m. Yego was the first Kenyan athlete to win a Commonwealth title in a field event. He would retain his African title in 2014 with a season best 84.72m, defeating world leader Ihab Abdelrahman El-Sayed of Egypt.
Yego continued his rise in 2015, winning the Ostrava Golden Spike javelin on May 26 with a new Kenyan record of 86.88m and would on June 4 improved the national record to 87.71m at the Golden Gala in Rome, placing second behind Vítězslav Veselý. Three days later, Yego won at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham, overtaking Veselý in the last round with a massive throw of 91.39m that was a new Diamond League and Africa record. It was the best throw since 2006