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Athletics official killed by javelin

Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 27 Aug - 13:15

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/athletics-official-killed-javelin-102400128.html

The 75-year-old was hit in the throat by a javelin thrown by a competitor, instantly severing his carotid artery.
He was rushed to hospital, but died from his injuries.
Emergency services reported that the judge had started moving out to measure the javelin before it had landed, but that either a sudden gust of wind or a tragic misjudgement caused it to strike him.
The man, identified only as Dieter S under Germany's media privacy rules, was reportedly a highly experienced international javelin judge, whose 18-year-old granddaughter Fiona is due to compete in the event at the German athletics championships in three weeks' time.
Psychological counselling was immediately given to seven people among the 300 athletes and 800 spectators present at the meeting, including to the 17-year-old who had thrown the fatal javelin.

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Post  mara thon on Mon 27 Aug - 13:41

That is really tragic. Will javeling throwing now come under dangerous extreme sports ?

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Post  kitti on Mon 27 Aug - 20:31

What about the discuss......that could decapitate you...or that big heavy ball....if that lands on you your head could end up sitting on your feet!!

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