Javelin star Yego ‘lucky to be alive’ af­ter crash

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NAIROBI: Kenya’s world javelin cham­pion and Olympic medal­list Julius Yego said he was “lucky to be alive” af­ter a car crash. The 27-year-old ath­lete was driv­ing to his El­doret home when his brand-new four­wheel SUV col­lided with a trailer lorry on the busy Nairobi-El­doret high­way on Sun­day night.

He was de­tained in hospi­tal overnight from where he told re­porters: “The driver of the trailer made a sud­den U-turn in the mid­dle of the road - there was no way I could have avoided him.

“I slammed so hard on the car brakes while hoot­ing at the driver, that I thought I had bro­ken my leg. “I am lucky to be alive.” “Yego did not suf­fer any se­ri­ous in­jury, but we de­cided to keep him in the hospi­tal overnight for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tions,” said a doc­tor at Medi­heal hospi­tal in the western city of El­doret.

Yego be­came the first Kenyan ath­lete to win a ma­jor field event gold medal at the world cham­pi­onships in Beijing in Au­gust 2015. Two years ago an­other Kenyan ath­lete As­bel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m gold medal­list was left hos­pi­talised af­ter a near fa­tal ac­ci­dent when his car went off the road near El­doret as he was driv­ing home at night.

Road ac­ci­dents ac­count for the high­est num­ber of deaths in Kenya. The poor state of the roads, cou­pled with speed­ing are blamed for the heavy toll. — AFP

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