Julius Yego Bio: Early Life, Javelin Throw, Wife & Net Worth

Julius Yego is a professional Kenyan track and field athlete, who specializes in the javelin throw. Yego is one of those few names people cannot miss out on while talking about professional javelin throw.

Besides, this fantastic athlete holds numerous records, which are still unbroken, like being the first Kenyan to win gold in Commonwealth games from field events.

Similarly, Julius never had professional training; whatever he has learned about Javelin is from YouTube. Hence, he is also called “Mr.YouTube.”

Julius Yego victory.
Julius Yego’s happiness after winning a silver medal in Rio Olympics in 2016.

Today in this article, we discuss the life of Julius Yego from his childhood, career, personal life to love life, and many more.

But before we proceed with this article, let us have an instant glance at the quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full nameJulius Yego
Birthdate4 January 1989 
BirthplaceCheptonon (Soba River), Tinderet, Nandi District  
Age33 years old
Father’s nameUnknown
Mother’s nameUnknown
Education Kapsabet Boys High School
NicknameMr. Youtube
EventJaveline Throw
Brother’s NameHenry Kiprono
Marital statusMarried
WifeSincy Yego
ChildrenJarvis Kiptoo
Weight85 kg (187 Pounds)
Body typeAthletic
Eye ColorBalck
Hair ColorBlack
ProfessionProfessional Javelin Thrower
SportTrack and Field
Personal Best Records92.72 meters in 2015
National TeamKenyan National team
Medals and Achievements
  • Silver Medal in 2016 Olympics
  • Gold in World Championship, 2015
  • Winner of All-Africa Games, 2011
  • Gold in Commonwealth Games, 2014
  • Three times African Championship Winner
CoachPetteri Piironen
Net Worth$1 Million-$5 Million
Social Media HandlesInstagram, Twitter
Merch Javelin Throw Equipment 
Last UpdateJuly, 2022

Julius Yego: Early Life and Education

Julius Yego, the Olympian, was born on 4 January 1989 in Cheptonon (Soba River), Tinderet, Nandi District.

Likewise, Julius’s father was a farmer while his mother was a housewife. Julius and his brother used to help their parents on the farms.

However, not much information has been found regarding his parents, but we will update you soon as we find any information.

Julius Yego and his medal.
Julius Yego is posing with his first-ever gold medal.

However, from a very early age, Julius developed an interest in the Javelin. His love for the game started while herding cattle, and to pass the time, he used to throw sticks.

Undoubtedly, Yego had a tough childhood where they lacked basic facilities. Still, his father knew the importance of education, and luckily, Yego got the opportunity to attend Kapsabet Boys High School.

Surprisingly, whatever Julius knows about Javelin, he got it from YouTube. Argo, his nickname “Mr. YouTube.”

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Julius Yego: Age and Body Measurements

As of now, Julius is 33 years old and is happily married. He celebrates his birthday a few days after Christmas every year. 

Likewise, we would like to add that he is a passionate person; he is always learning new things and is dedicated to his work. In addition, his throwing skills and his Javelin knowledge are marvelous.

He is one of the most talented throwers in whole Kenya. He has a charm that can attract any soul. All appreciate his confidence, and that makes him even more attractive. 
Yego is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 85 kg. Indeed, he has an attractive physique as he works out a lot to maintain his body.
Plus, he has beautiful black eyes and black hair. 

Julius Yego: Professional Career

As we already know that from a very early age, Julius was interested in the Javelin, but professionally he started his journey in 2003. During his high school days, Yego used to participate in the various regional championships.

However, in the beginning, for almost three years, he couldn’t accomplish much from his career. But his life took a turn in 2006 after he won his first-ever competition.

Yego was even able to set a new record with 67 meters and became the Kenyan Junior champion. 

Within a brief period, Yego became successful in gaining himself some name and fame. Further, Yego was also in the top position after winning his first national title in the javelin throw. 

Moreover, at 19, Yego became the national champion. He managed the top position for many years. 

Similarly, during the 2010 African Championship, Yego showed a splendid performance and set this personal best record 74.51 meters.
Nonetheless, after conducting this level of performance, he even won bronze in Nairobi. 

Rise of Julius Yego

Besides, in 2010, he even traveled to New Delhi for the commonwealth games. Yego got this opportunity after he showed an excellent javelin throw on his trial for the games. 

Sadly, with a low-distance throw of 69.60 meters, he completed the tournament in the seventh position due to the lack of proper training and coaches.

Even though he didn’t get any professional training, he stayed in the top position in Kenya for four years.

Julius Yego during the 2016 Rio Olympics where he wins his first-ever Olympic gold medal

Nonetheless, Yego bounced back in 2011 and even set a new Kenyan national record of 78.34 meters by winning the game against Paul Lagat. Talking about Paul for fourteen long years, he held the top Kenyan record before Yego.
Moreover, Julius was also awarded a six-month scholarship to train professionally in Europe. As a result, he was given this opportunity to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.

London Olympics

After training for two months at the IAFF-accredited in Kuortane, Finland, Yego was all set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics

Likewise, Yego was the very first Kenyan athlete to participate in Olympics from track and field. In his first match, he set a new record of 79.95 meters. 

During Yego’s 2012 London Olympics, he made an impressive 81.81 meters throw, which elevated him to the finals. But sadly, at the finals, he ended up in 12th place.

However, he has many opportunities to improve his throw with the new year, which he certainly did at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow by winning.

During the competition, Julius threw 85.40 meters and ended up in the fourth place. As a result, Yego becomes the first-ever Kenyan athlete to reach the finals at the World Championships.

That same year, Yego was also ranked in the top 10 positions by Track & Field News.

Best Phase in Career

After many years of hardship and struggles, Yego finally reached the position he wanted to be in 2014. Undoubtedly, that year, he won his first-ever gold medal in the commonwealth games. 

Furthermore, that same year he won a gold medal for African Championships after defeating Ihab Abdelrahman El-Sayed and created a new season-best of 84.72.

Yego sets records after records after breaking his personal bests.

Similarly, at the Golden Gala in Rome, Julius improved his throw to 87.71 meters. Plus, that same year, Yego also won the British Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Yego’s personal best was the massive throw of 92.72 meters, which lasted till 2021; with that throw, he won a gold medal at the 2015 World Championship.

Moreover, this fantastic athlete covered 88.24 meters obtained a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sadly, his right ankle got injured at the last moment, and Yego could only throw the Javelin once at 88.24 meters. However, he still managed to win a silver medal with that throw.

Julius Yego: Personal & Love Life 

Undoubtedly, Julius is a top name in the track and field world, but not only is he a good athlete, but he is also a good human being. Moreover, Julius is a family man, and he is happily married to Sincy Yego.

Likewise, this gorgeous couple is blessed with a beautiful child, Jarvis Kiptoo. Even though Julius is a celebrity athlete, he likes to keep everything private.

Julius and Sincy live a happy life, and we can say this because there are no rumors of separating or having a severe argument. However, if we find any further information about their personal life, we will update you soon. 

Julius Yego: Net Worth & Income 

At the prime age of 33, Julius has gained massive success in becoming one of the Kenya’s outstanding Javelin throwers.

Apart from the recognition and popularity, this young and talented player has acquired remarkable wealth as well.

As of 2021, Yego has a net worth approx of $1 million to $5 million. And all this has been possible because of his career as a professional track and field athlete.

Julius Yego and his family.
Julius Yego and his wife Sincy Yego with their son.

Besides, he also earns from his merch, and he has a merch of Javelin and shoes. Apart from that, Yego also makes a good amount of money from brand deals and endorsements.

Indeed, this Kenyan Javelin thrower is living a well-to-do lifestyle along with his beautiful family.

Social Media Presence

No doubt, Julius Yego is one influential personality, and a lot of people follow him. Moreover, Yego is active in social media. 

Mostly, he is active on Twitter, and he is frequently seen tweeting about games and his career.

Besides, he has an Instagram account as well, but he is not much active on Instagram. However, on his Instagram, we can see him posting about his family.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Has Yego retired?

No, Yego hasn’t retired. However, he resigned as a team captain of Kenya for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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