Javelin judge, 75, dies after being struck at German meet

A javelin judge was killed in Germany Sunday after being struck at a junior meet. (REUTERS)

A javelin judge was killed in Germany Sunday after being struck at a junior meet. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET

A junior track and field meet ended in horror Sunday when a javelin struck and killed a 75-year-old judge during the competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Some of the estimated 800 people in attendance said after the throw, judge Dieter Strack entered the field to measure before the javelin landed.

"He was hit in the head, in the cheek, and also sustained a wound to his carotid artery," a spokesman for a nearby fire department told The Local, an English publication in Germany.

"He was bleeding very badly and lost a lot of blood. Our emergency doctor administered first aid and then he was taken to hospital.”

The javelin thrower, reported to be in his mid-teens, received counseling after the competition, which came to an abrupt end following the incident.

"All of us who were there are horrified and in shock,” a statement on the local athletics association’s website read. “We will always remember Dieter Strack.”

A similar incident happened in 2007 during an IAAF event in Rome, when French long jumper Salim Sdiri was struck by a wayward javelin.

After suffering non life-threatening injuries, Sdiri sued the IAAF.

WARNING: Graphic Sdiri video

 


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