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Africa Javelin champion, Julius Yego, is targeting to make more history in the fourth and fifth IAAF Diamond League legs set for Rome and Birmingham respectively.

Speaking to Four4TwoMedia on Wednesday, the Kenya national record holder said he intends to assault his own record starting yet again starting with Rome on Thursday and Birmingham on Sunday.

“I am in good spirit and feel ready for something special. I want to do better than the previous outing,” said the father of one whose 86.88m throw at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet last week won him the title while also breaking his own 85.40m national record.

“I thank God for all he has enabled me to achieve. I know I can do better, the weather is also conducive here (in Rome),” he said.

The Commonwealth champion confided that his current run of good form is due to his decision to start training early.

Asked about his preparations for the World Championships which begin in Auguts 22 in Beijing, the CID officer said, “Of course my big target remains to get a podium finish at the World Championships.”

The ‘You Tube Man’ says his fourth place finish in Moscow, Russia two years ago has pushed him to target even higher going to Beijing in August then to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“My season since failing to get my first ever medal at the world stage has been on the upward trend, therefore I want to use the Diamond League meets to get myself in the best possible shape,” he said.

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The story of Julius Kiplagat Yego has been told widely in both local and international press. The common denominator of his story is that of a young boy who gained interest in a sport not so popular in his country, watched some You Tube videos and, voila!, became an international star.

 

The ‘You Tube Man’, as he’s come to be known (he learnt javelin by watching You Tube videos of some of the greatest throwers such as triple Olympic Gold medalist Jan Zelezny and Beijing Olympics champion Andreas Thorkildsen), continues to stake his claim among the best of his generation.

 

On Tuesday night at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet, he smashed his javelin national record and personal best with an 86.88m throw.

 

After a foul first throw in Ostrava, Yego threw 72.87m on the second before shattering his previous personal best and national record mark of 85.40m on his third throw. The distance which was good enough to see him win the gold ahead of German Rohler Thomas and former World Champion, Finn Tero Pitkamaki.

 

The win was a feather in the cap for Yego who last year became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth title in a non-track event by claiming the javelin competition in Glasgow, Scotland. He also holds the distinguished record of being the first Kenyan to win javelin title at the All Africa Games which he achieved in 2011.

 

Yego was the only Kenyan among the 18 athletes who represent the country in Ostrava. David Rudisha failed to finish in the 600m after pulling up a muscle while Asbel Kiprop was beaten by Polish Marcin Lewandowski in the 1000m.

 

There was a special moment though for Carvin Nkanata, Kenya’s fast-rising sprinter. The US-born Kenyan lined up next to six-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt in the 200m.

 

He pulled off a reaction time of 0.197, 0.046 seconds faster than the Jamaican’s 0.243. However, Bolt dashed to the finish line stopping the clock in his seasonal best 20.13 while Nkanata was 5th in 20.97, 0.83 seconds outside his personal best.

 

Despite the lowly finish, the 24-year-old Africa Championships bronze medalist had much to celebrate.

 

“Today wasn’t my greatest race,” admitted Nkanata after the race. “But it was cool to compete against one of the best to ever do it (Usain Bolt),” he added.

 

 

Nkanata holds the Kenyan record over the 200m distance.

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he World’s fastest marathoners, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto, will spearhead the country’s quest to recapture the men’s marathon title at the Beijing World Marathon Championships set for August.

 

Kenya who lost the world title to Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich at the 2013 Moscow Championships, have fronted some of the best long distance athletes the country has to offer.

 

Kimetto, the world marathon record holder and Kipsang, the third fastest man in marathon history, were among those who made it to Athletics Kenya’s provisional list for the worlds. Although there was no place for London Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge whose camp reportedly opted out, the ‘backups’ that Kenya has is any country’s dream.

 

Kipsang, who finished second in London, said a chance to compete at the World Championships is too good to let pass. “To run in Beijing is no question, I want to be there. Looking at the team that has been selected, I can say it is very strong,” he said.

Kimetto, the only man to go under 2hours 2 minutes in the history of the competition says he is ready for revenge at the Championships in China. “My next move will be the World Championship. I am honoured to have been selected, my intention is to work hard to bring the top prize to Kenya,” he said.

 Others in the men’s list are reigning Paris Marathon champion Mark Korir, Hamburg champion Lucas Kimeli Rotich, Felix Kipchirchir Kiprotich, who finished second at Seoul Marathon and 2012 Rome Marathon winner Luka Lokobe Kanda.

 

Kenya surrendered the 2013 men’s top marathon award to Uganda’s Kiprotich. The best placed Kenyan was Peter Kimeli Some who finished 9th followed by Bernard Kipyego in 12th. Before then, the East Africans had dominated the previous three meetings, Abel Kirui winning the title back-to-back in 2009 and 2011 and Luke Kibet in 2007.

 

The women’s team will be led by two-time World Champion Edna Kiplagat, Jemimah Sumgong who finished second at last year’s New York City Marathon, Seoul International marathon champion Helah Kiprop, Visiline Jepkesho, who was placed third at Paris Marathon, and former Rotterdam Marathon champion Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong.

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