In a moment of sheer agony, Julius Yego flung his javelin to the sky for what would be either joy or sorrow. With two failed throws before him, he found himself at just one throw from Olympic glory. His heart pounding in anticipation and fear as the crowds cheered on their hero who was about to make history with every step towards centerstage; but all could hear were deafening screams that only grew louder when they realized that this close call had not been enough-Yego’s third try did not even reach 83 meters putting an end to any hopes of winning gold here in Rio de Janeiro.”
Kershon Walcott can’t help but feel disappointed. After coming off of a silver medal in the Rio Olympics, he was hoping that this Olympic Games would be his time to get gold and show just how much better an athlete he is now than when it first happened back then. The qualifying round had also taken down former champions like Kershon himself along with Germany’s Julian Weber who won with a clean 84m throw on his first attempt while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem qualified after throwing 85m for second place at only their 2nd try to make sure they didn’t miss out on another chance of glory from across oceans away where many others have failed before them.
The Pakistani had seen his first attempt fall short of the automatic qualifying mark after throwing 78.50m.
Jakub Vadlejch saved his best for the last, holding his nerve to hit 84.93m to make the final.
The javelin competitors had been drawn in two qualification groups and Yego’s Group ‘B’ started throwing off from 10.35am local time (4.35am Kenyan time).
Earlier in Group A, world leader Johannes Vetter needed all three throws before nailing the auto qualifier in the javelin. The German improved with each round, starting with 82.04m, then throwing 82.08m before finally nailing it with 85.64m