Kenyan javelin star Julius Yego is stepping up his preparation for Brazil as he sets his sights on an Olympic gold medal in Rio.
Yego, 27, is known throughout the sport as ‘YouTube Man’ having taught himself to throw the javelin watching videos on the Internet. Since then, however, his technique has been honed by Finnish coach Petteri Piironen and he has achieved remarkable success, winning the World Championships in Shanghai last year. He threw an incredible 99.72m in the Bird’s Nest Stadium, just six metres short of Czech legend Jan Zelezny’s world record.
Now Yego is aiming for gold in Rio. He was due to spend February at a training camp in South Africa and will move on to Europe to compete in the Diamond League.
He said: “It’s all about being in peak condition in Rio. It will feel great to feel the texture of the medal in Rio. If it is gold then it will be even better. There are some other athletes eyeing the same and it will be tough.”
Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba isn’t hanging up his boots just yet! Drogba, 37, was offered a chance to rejoin Chelsea as a coach, but opted to stay in the MLS at Canada’s Montreal Impact instead.
Kenya will be defending their title at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales, this month. The champions race on 26 March, with world cross-country silver medallist Bedan Karoki and world cross-country and half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor tipped to boost the team. Karoki said: “Our great teamwork at the World Cross Country and the World Championships last year should do the trick in Cardiff.”
What’s on in March
2-6 Cycling World Track Championships, London
4 Cricket South Africa v Australia Twenty20, Durban
4-5 Wrestling African Championships
6 Cricket South Africa v Australia Twenty20, Jo’burg
8 March-3 April Cricket ICC World Twenty20, India
9 Cricket South Africa v Australia Twenty20, Cape Town
17-20 Athletics World Indoor Champion-ships, Portland, US
20 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
23 Football Guinea-Bissau v Kenya, ACN qualifier
26 Running World Half Marathon, Cardiff
26 Football Kenya v Guinea-Bissau, ACN qualifier
27 Rowing The Boat Race, London
One-to-one with Temba Bavuma
Batsman Temba Bavuma made history when he became the first black South African to score a century for his country. So how does it feel to be a national icon at the age of 25? We caught up with Bavuma, who hails from the township of Langa just outside Cape Town, to find out…
Q Your century against England in Cape Town in January was a big moment for South African cricket – has it all now sunk in?
I think so! It was a special moment for me and for my family, very emotional. To do it at Newlands made it even more so. I was born in Cape Town and cricket has always been my passion. I had been fighting and yearning for it.
Q Your parents were there to watch you, too?
They were. They flew back from holiday to see me. They couldn’t come to see my debut so to have them there was special.
Q Did you ever dream of being such a big icon?
At first, cricket was a passion, I just played for the love of it. But when I made the SA schools side that’s when I realised that cricket could be more than a passion; something I can use to inspire other people.