Yego es­capes

Kenya’s world cham­pion comes through a bit of a ‘fen­der ben­der’ on Sun­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY STAN­LEY MAGUT @mgt­stan

Reign­ing world javelin cham­pion Julius Yego has been dis­charged from hospi­tal af­ter he sur­vived a road ac­ci­dent in El­doret on Sun­day night.

The Olympics sil­ver medal­list was dis­charged from the Medi­heal Hospi­tal, where he was un­der­go­ing tests and observation since the ac­ci­dent that left his week-old Prado writ­ten off. Yego was driv­ing alone in the Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle (SUV) when he rammed into a trailer along Kap­soya Road near Eq­uity Bank at around 10pm. Po­lice towed the car to the El­doret Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion.

An­nounc­ing the ac­ci­dent on Sun­day night, Yego said ion his Face­book ac­count: “God is liv­ing and great! I am ok my peo­ple ! Can’t be- Yego with wife Cindy shortly af­ter be­ing dis­charged from hospi­tal. lieve am alive!@mungu yupo (God ex­ists)!!am in sta­ble con­di­tion!” Yego posted as he was rushed to Medi­heal Hospi­tal, where he spend the Sun­day night for tests and ob­ser­va­tions.

But speak­ing af­ter leav­ing the hospi­tal, Yego said: “I was driv­ing along the road when a trailer sud­denly made a U-turn on the road and I rammed hard into it. I am happy to be alive. I thank God.”

“I am in sta­ble con­di­tion and noth­ing se­ri­ous hap­pened to me. I am very thank­ful for all those who wished me well,” he added.

His doc­tor Floren­tius Koech, a neu­rons sur­geon, said: “We have done ob­ser­va­tions and tests and Yego is sta­ble. He is good for train­ing any­time.”

It was the sec­ond time this month that a top ath­lete had been in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent fol­low­ing An­drew Rotich’s brush with death at Kimu- mu last Fri­day. Three-time world 1500m cham­pion As­bel Kiprop, him­self an ac­ci­dent sur­vivor from 2013 said: “This week has been re­ally bad. (An­drew) Rotich an­other ath­lete was also in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent.”

“I was trail­ing a lorry when it sud­denly stopped. I had no op­tion of veer­ing off the road since there were peo­ple by the road side and other on-com­ing ve­hi­cles, I was was forced to slam into the trailer but I was lucky to es­cape un­hurt,” said Rotich, As­bel’s pace­set­ter.

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