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Yego targets 93-meter mark to win javelin title at World Championships
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Yego targets 93-meter mark to win javelin title at World Championships

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Nairobi, Sep 14 : Kenya's javelin icon Julius Yego is targeting the 93-meter mark at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The 30-year-old says the gold medal winner at the World Championships, which starts on Sept. 28 to Oct. 6, will be the athlete who will hurl the javelin beyond the 92 mark and he believes he will be the man to carry the day after shaking off nagging injuries that have limited his performances in the last three years.

"If my progress figure continues to grow, I will be back to my best in Doha," Yego said in Nairobi on Saturday.

"I will not push myself hard at the Kenya trials because I have a wild card. But my target is clear, I need to throw the javelin past the 92 meters mark."

This season, only Estonian Kirt Magnus has hurled the javelin beyond the 90 meters mark when he posted 90.61m in Kuortane, Finland in June.

However, Olympic champion Andreas Hofmann is second with 89.65 with world champion Johannes Vetter 89.28m third.

Yego, the Olympic silver medalists has a best throw of 87.73m, which he set in Rabat, Morocco to reclaim his Africa Games title last month.

"It was no surprise for me to throw such a long distance. I have been feeling it coming for the last few days in training. The last time I was close to that was last year before the injury. Now I feel that I have shaken off the groin and ankle injuries and my form is back. I am so great to go out and enjoy the competition in Doha," Yego adds.

Yego now stands seventh-best this season but believes the two weeks training camp will help him improve and be able to beat his personal best mark of 92.72m set in 2015 at the World Championships in Beijing, which was enough to earn him the gold.

"I hope to reclaim my title. But it will be hard and I have to keep believing in myself," he adds.

However, the Africa champion wants his apprentice Alexander Kiprotich, who bagged silver at the Africa Games in Rabat, to join him in the trip to the World Championships.

Kiprotich has hurled the javelin 77.5 meters and needs a little push to hit the 83metre mark, the qualifying mark to make the cut for Doha. "He has shown his potential and he can make it," said Yego.

Kenya will name a 50-member team to the World Championships after the conclusion of its national trials in Nairobi on Friday.(XINHUA)