Julius YEGO

Julius YEGO
Birth Date:  04 Jan 1989
Place of Birth:  NANDI
Country of birth:  KEN
Age:  29
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  175
Weight (Kg):  93

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Men's Javelin Throw  

Julius YEGO - Schedule

Time Event Status
Fri, 13 Apr 11:10
Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round - Group B

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's Javelin Throw 1 83.87
2010 Delhi, IND Men's Javelin Throw 7 69.6

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's Javelin Throw 2 88.24
2012 London, GBR Men's Javelin Throw 11 77.15

World Championships
2017 London, GBR Men's Javelin Throw 13 76.29
2015 Beijing, CHN Men's Javelin Throw 1 92.72
2013 Moscow, RUS Men's Javelin Throw 4 85.40


Passionate fan of English Premier League football team Arsenal. (, 11 Dec 2014)


PERSONAL: Joseph MOSONIK (KEN) (, 10 Aug 2017)

Reason: Unlike many of his fabled countrymen, YEGO was never an endurance runner. After being lapped during a primary school 10,000m race at age 13, sought an alternative discipline. “I used to watch the guys throw a wooden javelin at primary school and I had an inner feeling I could throw better (than them) if I tried. My brother, Henry, was doing well in javelin, so I tried my luck." (, 11 Dec 2014)
Additional information

With limited training facilities in Kenya and no coach, learned everything he could about the sport from studying YouTube videos of the likes of former world and Olympic champion Andreas THORKILDSEN (NOR) and 2007 world champion Tero PITKAMAKI (FIN). "My personal will to achieve the best I could drove me. I always wanted to be like a Kipchoge KEINO (double Olympic gold medal winner) or Paul TERGET (former marathon world record holder), and all those other running icons, but to make a difference in the javelin. I wanted to open the way for the marginalised field events in Kenya because we have great talent there as well." (, 11 Dec 2014)

Made Commonwealth debut at Delhi 2010 Games, but finished a distant seventh wih 69.60m. "I saw that my technique was pathetic." (, 11 Dec 2014)

Finland is known as the "land of the javelin" and he sought help on an IAAF scholarship with coach Petteri PIIRONEN (FIN). First arrived for two weeks in winter of 2011-12 and the Finn was impressed. "He was explosive, but was quite weak in the legs and I had to change some technical things. I remember I had to give him all my winter clothes to wear. Of course, it was a big shock for his body when he walked from say his room to a restaurant," PIIRONEN said. (, 11 Dec 2014)

Making history as Kenya's first ever field event finalist at a World Championships, in 2013, threw a personal best 85.40m to move into provisional bronze. Eventually finished fourth. (, 18 Aug, 2013)

Despite picking up an injury after slipping in warm-up area, secured gold at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with a best of 83.87m. (, 3 Aug 2014)

In 2015, became both first Kenyan medallist and winner in field events at World Championships, winning in Beijing with a national record of 92.72m. (, 26 Aug 2015)

Made podium at Rio 2016 Olympics, despite taking just one throw. Left arena after injuring ankle, but first round effort of 88.24m was good enough for silver. (, 5 Sep 2016)

After a tough 2017 in which he struggled wih ankle and groin injuries, decided to defend Commonwealth title at Gold Coast. "I know many people opted not to compete at the Commonwealth Games, but to me it provides a chance to start again after a tough 2017. It is always an honour to represent Kenya at any level of competition." (, 20 Feb 2018)


Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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