James Magayi @magayijim
Former world javelin champion Julius Yego is on a mission to rejuvenate his flailing season and career when the 2018 IAAF Diamond League circuit guns off in Doha, Qatar, tomorrow night.
The 28-year-old who flopped last month in the 23rd Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia hopes to relaunch his season by collecting maximum points in Doha, with the Diamond Trophy being his ultimate season’s target.
The reigning Olympic silver medallist only mustered a 74.55m throw down under, failing to make the cut for finals and relinquishing the Commonwealth Games title feebly.
Asian continental champion Neeraj Chopra of India went ahead to claim gold with a 86.47m throw ahead of favourite homeboy Hamish Peacock whose 82.59 throw was only good enough for silver.
Yego will once again come face to face with the duo in Doha alongside current World Champion Johannes Vetter of Germany. Vetter has already thrown a mammoth 92.70 this year and is overwhelming favourite in Doha.
The Kenyan has defied great odds to emerge victorious in the past and is upbeat over his prospects in the gulf tomorrow. “It is a great opportunity and platform for all the athletes to showcase their God given talents and begin the quest for Diamond Trophy.
I am equally ambitious and will give my best to take victory in Doha and get a head start in the race to finals,” he said Having exponentially sped up to stardom since announcing himself to the world in 2011, Yego’s performances have worryingly nosedived from 2015 when he hurled the spear 92.72m in Beijing, China. Under stress and strain in Brazil a year later, he mustered a silver winning 88.24 at the Olympics then shrank to 87.97 as his best throw in 2017.
The CID officer threw an underwhelming 74.44 in Gold Coast, which stands as his season’s best and must regain his devastating best form to counter Vetter and co in this year’s IAAF Premier Track and Field circuit, Diamond League. “I’ve been training and I must say luck was not on my side at the Commonwealth Games.
That is something that happens in such championships, it could happen to anyone,” he said. The javelin field in Doha has an impressive field of celebrated throwers including German Andreas Hofmann who boasts of a 91.07 personal best time, compatriot Thomas Rohler with a 93.90 personal best to his name not to mention Jakub Valdejch of Czech Republic, among others.