All hail King Yego

The results are in and you have voted Julius Yego as your Performance of Day 5.

The Kenyan javelinier received 51.66% of the votes, of which half consisted of the website vote below and half of a live WeChat vote amongst spectators in the stadium during day five’s morning session.

After narrowly missing out on a medal in the final round at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, everything was different for the Kenyan in Beijing. In the third round he produced a monumental effort of 92.72m to break his own African record and become Kenya’s first ever field event medallist in a global competition. To relive last night’s gripping javelin final, head this way.


Of course cheering on your favourite athletes at the world championships is one thing, but we want the fan experience to go further than that.

The IAAF, in conjunction with Official Partner adidas, is asking you, the fan, to vote for your favourite performance of each day. After every evening session, a panel of experts will pick three athletes, who in any shape or form grabbed their imagination and will leave it to you to choose the winner.

Today's shortlist features a 400m legend in the making, a high-flying performer, and a groundbreaking javelin chucker.

Wayde van Niekerk

The South African stormed to victory in the 400m recording the fourth fastest time in the history of the event. He had everyone in shock as he had to be stretchered off the track following his area record-breaking 43.48 clocking. He literally left it all on the track.

Yarisley Silva

It takes a strong mind to perform in the best pole vault competition there ever was, but it takes an even stronger one to win it. The Cuban, alongside Brasil’s Fabiana Murer, went over 4.85m at the first time of asking. She then added a further 5cm to the height to take the crown with a third time clearance of 4.90m.

Julius Yego

Another superlative of the night came from Kenya’s Yego. He threw the javelin a gobsmacking 92.72m, the farthest throw in 14 years. It is the first time in history a Kenyan has won a medal – let alone taken the gold – in a field event at a world championship.