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There is no better endorsement for YouTube than this Kenyan javelin thrower

Perhaps the biggest YouTube success story, he doesn't even have his own channel.


Rae Votta


Posted on Aug 27, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 2:06 am CDT

You can learn a lot on YouTube: how to apply the perfect eyeliner, how to decorate a cupcake, how to win a gold medal in javelin.

Julius Yego achieved the latter, winning the 2015 World Championships in Beijing with a distance of 92.72 meters after being self-trained with only the help of YouTube videos to guide him.

In a 2012 documentary about “Mr. YouTube Man,” as he’s known in Kenya, explained how he started using the video platform to perfect his training. He finished 12th in the 2012 Olympics, a far cry from his early days of just throwing a stick around his hometown.

“As the world progresses everything changes, so maybe one day everyone will be learning through videos,” he says in the clip. “The answers are there.”

H/T Tubefilter | Screengrab via EMEASports/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 27, 2015, 3:09 pm CDT