YEGO Julius

4 Jan 1989
Olympic Scholarship

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's Javelin Throw  


Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Long Throws

Biographical Information


Olympic Games
YearLocationJavelin Throw
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA2nd (88.24)
2012London, GBR11th (77.15)

World Athletics Championships
YearLocationJavelin Throw
2019Doha, QAT12th (NM)
2017London, GBR13th (76.29)
2015Beijing, CHN1st (92.72)
2013Moscow, RUS4th (85.40)

African Games
YearLocationJavelin Throw
2019Rabat, MAR1st (87.73)

African Championships
YearLocationJavelin Throw
2018Asaba, NGR1st (77.34)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
YearJavelin Throw
20191 x 7th
20181 x 8th
20171 x 6th, 2 x 7th

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
62017Javelin ThrowMonaco, MON79.36
72019Javelin ThrowShanghai, CHN77.82
72017Javelin ThrowRome, ITA82.19
72017Javelin ThrowDoha, QAT81.94
82018Javelin ThrowDoha, QAT80.75

World Challenge - Ten best performances since 2020
62018Javelin ThrowWorld ChallengeOstrava, CZE79.75
72017Javelin ThrowWorld ChallengeTurku, FIN82.60
92018Javelin ThrowWorld ChallengeTurku, FIN74.47

SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
Mr YouTube Man (, 26 Aug 2015)
Athlete, Police Officer
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Son Jarvis
English, Swahili
Joseph Musonik [personal], KEN
He injured his ankle and his groin at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was still able to win a silver medal at the Games. The injuries affected his career for the next three years. (, 13 May 2020;, 21 Mar 2020;, 01 Sep 2019)
He began competing in athletics in 2003. (, 09 May 2012)
He competed in a 10,000m event and finished third, but was lapped twice by the two leading runners. He decided to switch to javelin after that experience, as he had enjoyed watching javelin throwers from an early age. "I used to watch the guys throw a wooden javelin at primary school and I had that inner feeling I could throw better if I tried. My brother [Henry Kiprono] was doing well in javelin, so I tried my luck." (, 18 Sep 2013)
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Apr 2020)
Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen, Finnish javelin thrower Tero Pitkamaki. (, 26 Aug 2015;, 26 Aug 2015)
"Quitters never win." (Facebook profile, 08 Jun 2020)
He was captain of the Kenya team at the 2019 Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco, and the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 18 Mar 2020;, 01 Sep 2019)

In 2015 he was named Kenyan Athletics Field Athlete of the Year and Kenyan Athletics Male Athlete of the Year. (, 11 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2013 Kenyan Athletics Field Athlete of the Year. (, 01 Dec 2013)

In 2011 he was named Kenyan Athlete of the Year and came third in the Kenyan Sports Personality Awards. (, 18 Apr 2012)

General Interest

He is due to make his third Olympic appearance at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, and does not believe he will still be competing by the time the 2024 Games in Paris come around. "I am hoping for somebody to come along who will follow in my footsteps. After all these years I am still the only Kenyan to have thrown further than 80 metres. I have a training partner, but he hasn't achieved this distance yet. I wish the federation would provide us with more support, because javelin throwing competitions are still very rare in Kenya. We need fresh blood." (, 03 Apr 2020)

He has studied at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. (Facebook profile, 08 Jun 2020)

He watched videos on YouTube to help improve his technique early in his career, which earned him the nickname 'Mr YouTube Man'. "I did not have a coach, my motivation came from within as my father wanted me to give up the javelin and concentrate on running like all the other Kenyan athletes. Training without a coach was not an easy thing, but watching YouTube really paid off for me, to see the training techniques and skills that the athletes were using." (, 26 Aug 2015;, 09 Jun 2015;, 26 Aug 2015)

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