He promised to do it, and he delivered. Kenya and Africa javelin champion Julius Yego continued his blistering form in the javelin discipline by setting yet another national record at the IAAF Diamond League Rome Golden Gala Thursday night.
Yego, who before the meet had promised to give another assault at the 86.88m national record he set in Ostrava Golden Spikes last week, threw 87.71m in Rome, a 0.83m improvement.
The distance, however, was not good enough for him to take the Rome title thanks to the 88.14m thrown by Czech world champion, Vítězslav Vesely who matched the Kenyan throw-for-throw.
“My aim was to improve the feelings from my throws in Ostrava because it was a very difficult competition in cold weather. But I did not expect to improve the national record again, that surprised me a lot,” said Yego.
“I think I have put 90 percent of energy into the competition today, so there is still space to improve,” the Glasgow Commonwealth and two-time African champion said.
Vesely’s winning distance was close to his Personal Best of 88.34m he set in 2012. Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott also secured a National Record of 86.20m to finish 3rd ahead of Doha winner, Tero Pitkamaki.
Yego is aiming to be the first Kenyan to get a medal in a field event at a World Championships in Beijing this summer.