The U.S. Olympic track & field trials continue to pace the sports periphery, and here’s a clip from today’s javelin event for the heptathlon qualifying. This is Utah State’s Chari Hawkins—a former MWC champion in the event—struggling mightily. Given that it’s javelin, it could have gone worse.
This throw at the European Athletics Championships by Sweden's Kim Amb would be impressive if the point of javelin throwing was accuracy instead of distance. (Also, if Amb had intentionally aimed at the marker.) Amb didn't, though, so no points for him.
That's according to the BBC, which said the official was a 74-year-old man who died after being rushed to the hospital Sunday:
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If you've got a javelin lodged in your leg, what do you do? If you're the Chinese, you burn it! [Daily Star]
Yep, that was some French long-jumper being speared by a javelin in Rome. But don't worry, the guy is fine. Shit barely caused a 1-inch hole in his back.
Life as a judge in the javelin toss ain't so easy ... there is, for example, the whole issue of being hit with a javelin.