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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yego advances

Julius Yego of Kenya competes in men’s javelin throw during World Athletics Championships in  London Stadium, on August 10, 2017 /REUTERS
Julius Yego of Kenya competes in men’s javelin throw during World Athletics Championships in London Stadium, on August 10, 2017 /REUTERS
World javelin champion, Julius Yego, easily made it to the semi-final of the event after finishing fourth in the first group won by Germany’s Johannes Vetter (91.20m).
Yego hurled the javelin 83.57 metres away. Tero Pitkamaki of Finland, who was world champion in 2007, silver medallist in 2013 and bronze medallist two years ago in Beijing, was second with 85.97 and Qatar’s Ahmed Bader Magour third in 83.83m. Yego, who was also fourth in Moscow 2013 felt little pressure, preferring to talk more after the event.
In women’s 800m, Olympic bronze medallist, Margaret Nyairera was the only Kenyan to go through the arduous women’s 800m qualifications, whose semi-finals are due to be held last night.
Nyairera won the third race in 2:00.75 ahead of Britain’s Lynsey Sharp and Halima Nakaayi of Uganda, who all made it to the semi-finals.
With Eunice Sum having withdrawn from the championships due to an illness, only Nyairera and Emily Cherutich Tuei were given the task, whose previous models include Janeth Jepkosgei, the winner in 2007 in Osaka, and Pamela Jelimo, the 2008 Olympic champion. Tuei finished sixth in the first race, which was won by Poland’s Angelika Cichocka in 2:00.86 followed by reigning silver medallist, Melissa Bishop of Canada.
“It would have been good with (Eunice) Sum here, and now that even Emily has been eliminated. I hope to fill the void and make Kenya proud. I hope to make Kenyans proud; that will be my responsibility,” said the Rio Olympics bronze medallist.
“I am looking for a podium finish. But after my bronze in Rio, it is only fair that I go a step better,” she said.
Nyairera appeared strong. In fact, so strong that she sometimes slowed down and picked up again. The race had the world-defending champion, Maryna Arzamasova of Belarus, who finished fourth in the race and failed to qualify.
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