Yego to train in South Africa ahead of Rio Games

World javelin champion flies out for the first phase of his training sessions this month.

Monday January 18 2016

Julius Yego poses next to a monitor showing his world-leading throw of 92.72 metres after winning the final of the men's javelin throw athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 26, 2015.  He is eyeing Olympic Gold during Rio Games.  PHOTO | PEDRO UGARTE | AFP

Julius Yego poses next to a monitor showing his world-leading throw of 92.72 metres after winning the final of the men's javelin throw athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 26, 2015. He is eyeing Olympic Gold during Rio Games. PHOTO | PEDRO UGARTE | AFP 

By AYUMBA AYODI
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The 2015 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Julius Yego has laid out elaborate plans as he seeks to win the javelin gold at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In an interview with Daily Nation Sport, the world champion, who is training at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, said he would have two phases of training in South Africa with the Finland athletics team and former Africa champion Ihab Abdelrahman of Egypt.

Yego beat Abdelrahman at the Beijing World Championships in August last year in an African record throw of 92.72m. The Egyptian, who won the Africa title in 2010 in Nairobi, settled for silver in Beijing after throwing 88.99m.

Yego leaves for his first training session at Potchefstroom in the North West Province of South Africa on January 31 and returns on February 15.

“I will leave again for Potchefstroom on February 29 and return to Nairobi on March 15 to prepare for a series of competitions,” said Yego, who is the reigning Africa and Commonwealth champion.

“I am certain the training in South Africa would help me refine my skills. I want to win gold at the Olympics,” he said.

Yego will compete in an invitational Tokyo Mizuno championship early in May before heading to Shanghai for his Diamond League opener on May 14.

IAAF CHALLENGE

He will compete at the IAAF Challenge in Ostrava on May 20 before taking a shot at the Oslo, Stockholm and London Diamond League events on June 9, June 16 and July 22, respectively.

“It’s a big season for me. I know all eyes will be on me. My good run last year has emboldened my resolve to perform even better his season,” he said.

(READ: Yego crowned Kenya's best in sports)

Rio will be Yego’s second appearance at the Olympics after the 2012 London Games. In London, broke his own national record by 69 cm, to make it 81.81 m during the qualifying rounds.

This end him a place in the final where he finished 12th.

Yego started his 2015 season well with victory at Ostrava Golden Spike on May 26 where he broke his own national record with a 86.88m throw.

On June 4, he improved the mark to 87.71m at the Golden Gala in Rome.

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