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I’m lucky to be alive, says javelin champion Yego after hospital discharge – PHOTOS

World Javelin champion Julius Yego has said that he is lucky to be alive after a freak accident on Sunday night along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway.

Yego, who addressed journalists at Mediheal hospital in Eldoret after being discharged on Monday, thanked Kenyans and his fans for their messages of goodwill.

“I thank God to be alive. Following the impact, I thought that I had broken my leg but I later discovered that I was okay,” said Yego in the company of his wife Sincy and son Jarvis.

The Toyota Prado that world javelin champion Julius Yego was driving when he was involved in a night accident in Eldoret on October 23, 2016. PHOTO | WYCLIFF KIPSANG
The Toyota Prado that world javelin champion Julius Yego was driving when he was involved in a night accident in Eldoret on October 23, 2016. PHOTO | WYCLIFF KIPSANG

The world champion had to cut short the interview after he was overcome by emotions.

The high-impact collision with a transit goods track saw Yego’s brand new Toyota Prado completely written off.

OUT OF DANGER

A neurosurgeon at Mediheal Hospital, Florencious Koech, said that the athlete’s life was out of danger.

“He sustained soft tissue injuries following the mishap but he is now stable. This will not affect his athletic career,”said the medic.

Earlier, Mr Yego had kept anxious journalists waiting for more than four hours before finally granting them the interview.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

Yego was driving alone during the accident and his extensively damaged vehicle was towed to the Eldoret Central Police Station.

Police at the station prevented journalists from taking photos of the mangled wreckage.

On Saturday, Yego had told the Nation that he was just beginning his buildup to the new 2017 season in which he hopes to defend his world title at the IAAF World Championships that will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

PHOTO | WYCLIFF KIPSANG
PHOTO | WYCLIFF KIPSANG

The Kenya Police officer has concentrated his training between his Kapsabet home and Eldoret where he lives with his wife Sincy and son Jarvis.