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"I do not have a coach, my motivation comes from within," Julius Yego has said in the past

By Tierney McAfee
Updated August 26, 2015 06:00 PM
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Another YouTube star has jumped off the screen and into the spotlight!

Kenya’s Julius Yego, who taught himself how to throw a javelin by watching YouTube videos, took home the gold medal at the world championships in Beijing Wednesday.

His 92.72-meter toss, which broke an African record, was also the longest throw in 14 years, reports The Washington Post.

What makes the 26-year-old athlete’s record-breaking throw even more impressive is the fact that he’s never had any professional training, learning his skill on his own after being rejected as a runner by coaches.

“I do not have a coach, my motivation comes from within. Training without a coach is not an easy thing,” he told CNN in 2013, shortly after he became the first Kenyan to reach an Olympic final in a field event at the 2012 London Olympics. “I watched YouTube and it really paid off for me, to see the training techniques and skills they are using.”

“My coach is me, and my YouTube videos,” said the man also known as “Mr. YouTube.”