YouTube has certainly become a very useful digital learning portal with tutorials on almost anything, from twerking, academic study guides to athletics techniques.
Kenya’s new world champion Julius Yego’s YouTube-inspired story unfolds like a fairytale. The athlete has achieved global fame for winning gold at the World Championships in Beijing, a feat he achieved from watching YouTube videos which he used to refine his javelin technique.
The cop-turned-javelin thrower says he perfected his style after watching clips of Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic and Norwegian Andreas Thorkildsen, who both won Olympic and world titles.
Yego’s career started quite modestly and was rather unconventional, training without a coach to guide and motivate him.
In a 2013 video about the athlete’s training habits, he says: “There were no coaches to guide me. I was just alone in the field, training. My father wanted me to give up javelin. Everybody here in Kenya is a runner. I took that as a challenge to find another way to succeed. I started watching videos… I could see that training like these people could improve me”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clUvbObfqz0
Yego says he almost failed to compete in Beijing because of a serious injury. As fate would have it, he managed to compete and his 92.72-meter throw now places him third all-time for longest javelin throw.