Julius Yego

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Javelin Thrower
Date of Birth January 4, 1989
Place of Birth Kenya
Age 32 years old
Horoscope Capricorn

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Julius Yego

Julius Yego is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. Nicknamed "Mr. YouTube" because he learned how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m. He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014; at the 2013 World Championships he placed fourth, losing a medal in the final round. In 2014, he became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in a field event. At the 2015 World Championships he won the gold medal with a throw of 92.72m, becoming the first Kenyan to win a World Championships gold medal in a field event. He won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sport: Track and field
Event(s): Javelin throw
Coached by: Petteri Piironen
Personal best(s): AR, CR 92.72 m (2015)

About Julius Yego

Kenyan javelin thrower who, in 2013, set a national record in the event with a distance of 85.40 meters. He is the winner of such events as the 2012 African Championships in Athletics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Before Fame

He was inspired to pursue javelin throwing after seeing videos of great throwers like Jan Zelezny on YouTube. He won the national junior title in 2006.


In 2011, he became the first Kenyan to win the javelin throwing title at the All-Africa Games.

Family Life

He is the fourth of seven children born to his parents. His older brother Henry Kiprono is also a javelin thrower.


He beat out Trinidadian Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Latest information about Julius Yego updated on February 24, 2021.

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