Timothy Simwa in Monaco @timsimwa
Javelin world champion Julius Yego (left) will be among Kenyan stars that will grace the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over his performance as the series enters its homestretch.
Yego, famed as the “Youtube Man,” is agonisingly staring at elimination from the reformatted Diamond League as he lags in 10th position after bagging four points and another bad performance could further shrink his aspirations of reaching the Zurich finals later in August.
Four of the eight javelin finals slots have already been sealed by Germans Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter, both on 22 points, with Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (18) and Fin Tero Pitkamaki (14) also securing their berths.
“It is different in the Diamond League and in a Championship. Yes, Rohler is on form but we will see how things go when we get to London. I am optimistic I will defend my title,” Yego told Capital Sports recently.
In Pitkamaki’s absence, the top three throwers in the 2016 Diamond League will be hunting for top qualifying spot in Monaco with Yego, who has a season’s best of 87.97m, involved in a four-man battle to nail a place within top eight. India’s Neeraj Chopra, Ahmed Magour of Qatar and Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago will keenly be following Yego’s throws with an eye on the finals.
This puts the Kenyan under pressure to pull his act together in France since anything short of a good show will spell an end to his quest to secure a berth in Zurich.