NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Olympic javelin silver medalist Julius Yego of
Kenya will train in the southwest coast of Finland and compete
at the Paavo Nurmi Games on June 5 in Turku City.
Yego, 28, had
earmarked the Ostrava Golden Spike on June 9 as return to action
having skipped the Shanghai, Eugene and Rome Diamond League meetings,
but his management confirmed on Wednesday, the Kenyan will be
part of the elite athletes in Finland’s meeting, which is part
of the IAAF World Challenge races.
Top German javelin
throwers Johannes Vetter, Thomas Rohler, Tero Pitkamaki, Andreas
Hofmann and Yego will all compete at the IAAF World Challenge
“I am keen to return
to form. I started the season early and that is because I got
injured in 2017. It has been tough and there have been mistakes,
but I feel stronger now,” said Yego on Wednesday from Eldoret.
The organizers of
the event have confirmed that the winner of the javelin
competition, who will be able to surpass the Finnish record of
93.09 meters, will be handed the deed to an island from the
The men’s hammer
line-up includes reigning world champion Pawel Fajdek,
Commonwealth Games champion Nick Miller, Olympic champion
Dilshod Nazarov and multiple major bronze medalist Wojciech
Nowicki while Sandra Perkovic is also confirmed for the discus.
Yego, who has
endured three defeats this season, hopes to put an end to his
poor run and secure his first 90m throw in Finland.
“I am happy with the
progress I have made in training. I have jumped to the 80m mark.
Though the competition is at 90m, I feel I will get there soon,”
Yego lost out to
Rohler (91.78), Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann (90.08)
while Commonwealth Games champion Neeraj Chopra of India was
fourth during the Doha Diamond League meeting on May 4.
All the four will be
in Eugene on Saturday for another round of competition, but Yego
hopes his miss will help him reflect and improve on his
performance as the season gains momentum.
championships in Asaba, Nigeria in August will be the epic end
of the season and Yego believes he will have shaken off his rust
and be in top form.
Top two finishers at
the Africa Championships will secure automatic entry to the IAAF
Continental Cup, which will be staged in September in Ostrava,