NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic javelin champion Julius Yego believes he can regain his
top form and go on to reclaim the Africa championships gold
medal in Assaba, Nigeria in August.
Yego will skip the
third leg of the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon in the
United States on May 26 to focus on improving his skills.
finished eighth at the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar
last week to see his losing streak jump to three this year.
However, he took
positives from the competition as he posted his season best and
first time hit the mark of 80 meters in the last nine months.
“What an interesting
season it promises to be in the javelin,” said Yego Monday in
Eldoret. “Despite the challenges, I still look forward to more
improvement in the next competition.”
championships in Nigeria will be the epic of the season’s
competition for the Kenyan as he eyes to peak and secure the
gold and selection to the continent’s team to the World Cup in
Ostrava, Czech Republic in August.
“I am happy with the
slow progress. I have started the season early and as you see, I
have jumped to the 80m mark. Though the competition is at 90m, I
feel I will get there soon,” he added.
Yego lost out to
Germany’s Thomas Rohler (91.78), Johannes Vetter and Andreas
Hofmann (90.08) while Commonwealth Games champion Neeraj Chopra
of India was fourth.
All the four will be
in Eugene for another round of competition, but Yego hopes his
miss will help him reflect and improve on his performance as the
season gains momentum.
“Mistakes make those
who believe in winning like me stronger. Sorry for everyone who
believed and counted on me to deliver. I may have disappointed
you, but I’m disappointed with not having made it to the
podium,” he added.