World Javelin champion and Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego is in stable condition after a ghastly road accident on Sunday night in Eldoret.
Yego was driving his brand-new Toyota Prado on Kapsoya Road at around 10pm when the accident happened.
He was alone in his week-old SUV which has been written off after the high-impact accident. Yego was rushed to Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret Town where he was kept overnight for tests and observations.
The twenty-seven-year-old won the world javelin title in Beijing in 2015. In this year’s Olympic games, he bagged a silver medal – Kenya’s first ever medal in javelin – despite suffering an injury during the final of the event.
Yego was beginning to prepare for the 2017 season where he aims to defend his world title at the IAAF World Championships in London.
Hospital officials are denying the press access to the world champion, only revealing that he was responding positively to treatment.
In a Facebook post, Julius Yego assured his fans that he was fine and out of danger.
”God is living and great! I’m OK my people. Can’t believe am alive. @mungu yupo! I’m in stable condition.”
World 1,500 meters champion Asbel Kiprop, who was among the first responders to the scene, posted on Facebook saying Yego was safe. He also talked about another athlete, Andrew Rotich, who survived an accident last week.
”What a stupid week,”
”Two days after Andrew Rotich got involved in an accident, Julius Yego tonight again got involved. God protect us. We thank God they are safe.”
The Kenya Police Service officer has received goodwill messages from Kenyans of all walks of life as he hopes to recover fully and get back into training.