Julius Yego did not learn how to threw a javelin from a coach rather by watching YouTube videos of the sport’s greats
Kenya’s Julius Yego just won gold at the World Athletics Championship, throwing a titanic 92.72m-metres in the javelin men's final.
New reports have emerged that Yego was not taught how to throw javelin rather he learnt himself by just watching Youtube videos.
“I do not have a coach, my motivation comes from within. Training without a coach is not an easy thing,” he told CNN in 2013, shortly after finishing a surprising 12th at the 2012 London Olympics as the first Kenyan to reach an Olympic final in a field event.
“I watched YouTube and it really paid off for me, to see the training techniques and skills they are using.”
Yego is the first Kenyan to win a world title in a field event.
In an event which has long been a European stranglehold, there was a one-two for Africa, as Egypt's Ihab El Sayed took the silver medal with his 88.99m second-round effort.
Yego, 26, is diminutive by the standards of international javelin throwers, standing only 5ft 8in/1.75m tall.
Watch this Julius Yego video, below: