German Athletics Official Killed By Errant Javelin

by 7 years ago

The 74-year-old man was rushed to hospital after the accident on Sunday but died of his injuries.

The official, named locally as Dieter Strack, had gone to measure a throw but was hit by a javelin before it hit the ground, according to local media.

The competition was called off after the incident.

The 15-year-old competitor who threw the javelin is receiving psychological counselling, police spokesman Andre Hartwig told the Associated Press.

A similar accident happened in 2007, when French long jumper Salim Sdari was gored by a javelin during a meet in Rome. He was lucky enough to escape with minor injuries and made a full recovery.