A story matched by few
Not many stories can match the determination exhibited by Julius Yego, the Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. To his credit he has African record and Commonwealth record for the event with a personal best of 92.72 metres among many other laurels, yet, the specialty of his victory lies in how he learnt the art of javelin throw itself.
Youtube as his trainer
He had no trainer in Kenya to learn from and so he switched to Youtube from which he learnt everything about Javelin throw and mastered the art by consistent practice. He even learnt to make the Javelin stick itself. He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014. 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 and thereby becoming the first Kenyan to win a World Championships gold medal in a field event.
Lessons for all
What Julius faces is symbolic of what many countries with poor sports infrastructure faces. However, Julius shows us, no adversity should be let to define one’s success and everyone are the masters of their own destiny. Julius is not only an inspiration for many of the athletes but also for everyone who are facing one challenge or the other in chasing their dream.
The Logical Indian salutes Julius for his feat, courage and determination.