Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics after the javelin qualifying round on Wednesday, but was quick to say he hadn’t done enough.
He said he was not happy with the results, but was once again happy to have been able to compete after suffering an injury in practice before the qualifying round.
“I’m happy to have finally competed after a very long time out. It has been difficult for me the past two years. I injured my right bicep during training and until yesterday I was not sure I can compete My shot was not as good However I’m happy to have been in my third Olympics It means a lot to me.
“We accept the criticism of the Kenyans. They are happy when we win and not when we play badly. However, Kenyans have to understand that this is a high level competition,” he said.
âYou can see that even the world champion struggled here. And so, the spirit of sport is that you win it, you lose it. “
Yego managed to throw 77.34m on his third attempt, which was also his best result of the season, as the Tokyo Olympics were only his second competition after Kasarani’s trials.
He has no throws in the first two laps for which the athletes had to have thrown 83.50m to be assured of a direct qualification for the final.
It was a tough qualifying round with Olympic silver medalist in Yego and bronze medalist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago failing to reach the final.
The qualifying round also claimed 2019 world champion Anderson Peters of Granada, who threw 80.42m to place 15th with the 12 best bookings for a place in the final.
Yego now says his goal was only to treat the injury and then think of the next competition like the world championships next year in Oregon.