Yego’s efforts ensured that Kenya, a nation noted more for its distance-running prowess, won a world title in a field event for the first time.
Yego, 26, is diminutive by the standards of global javelin throwers, standing only 5ft 8in/1.75m tall.
“Very few athletes have done what I have done”.
“There will not be another YouTube athlete coming through”, he added.
The Jamaican started in Lane 5 and wound up in Lane 6 at the world championships Wednesday. He missed out on the bronze medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow on the ultimate throw, still wasn’t be be denied a medal this time.
Gatlin, a two-time doping offender looking to avenge his defeat by Bolt in the weekend’s 100m, clocked the fastest time of the semi-finals in 19.87 seconds, with Bolt second fastest in 19.95.
“He had been throwing 78m, so I knew if he could throw that without a coach he must be talented”, said Piironen in 2013. “I tried to preserve some energy for the final”. “It was maybe the best competition of my career”.
“(But) it’s not good for Kenya, I am not happy”.
Jepkemoi was abreast with Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi and Germany’s Gesa Felicitas Krause down the home straight, but had the strength and speed to triumph.
Montano, who always competes with a flower in her hair, got up and finished in 2 minutes, 9.57 seconds.
Manunga ran in the opening heats of the 400 hurdles on Sunday and finished sixth of seven, failing to reach the semifinals.
American duo Shamier Little (53.94s) and Cassandra Tate (54.02s) took silver and bronze respectively.
The other gold medals decided on Wednesday went to Cuba’s Yarisley Silva in the women’s pole vault and Zuzana Hejnova from the Czech Republic in the women’s 400m hurdles. Greece’s Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou took bronze with 4.80m.
Yet the incredible joy of Yego creating athletics history proved to be a timely antidote to the depressing news that two of his Kenyan teammates had become the first competitors to fail drugs tests in Beijing.
But their sterling efforts were tempered by confirmation that Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary had “accepted provisional suspensions following positive samples” as part of “targeted tests” at the athletes’ hotel.