By Kennedy Langat
World champion Julius Yego will get his 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign underway on Thursday morning when he will take to the field in the Men’s javelin preliminaries at Olympic stadium.
The African and commonwealth games record holder is a hot favourite spurred by a consistent streak of performance that has seen him register a personal best of 92.7m at the 2015 World championship in Beijing, China.
Yego who won the javelin at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, beating the reigning Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, with a distance of 83.87m will be up against the Trinidadian as he seeks to cap his rise with an Olympic medal, the only accolade the 27 year old hasn’t won so far in his career spanning six years.
Other throwers who are favourites to advance from the preliminaries include: 2013 world champion Vitezslav Veseley of Czech Republic, former world champion and Yego’s role model Finish Tero Pitkamaki among others.
Meanwhile there will be no Kenyans in the finals of the men’s 5,000m race this Sunday after Three of Kenya’s reprsentatives: 2014 Commonwealth games champion Caleb Ndiku Mwangangi, national champion Charles Yosei Mneria and Isaiah Koech failed to get past the qualifying rounds.
Ndiku and Yosei wound up in positions 6th and 12th respectively in heat 1 while Koech was listed 12th in the second qualifying heat.