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Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:36 pm

(Note: I really haven't a clue when it comes to some of the terms used in this sporting event, so don't be surprised if some of the words or sentences don't make sense, as I using a dictionary for quite a few words...)

During a loca athletic meeting in Sau Paolo Brazil, umpire Lia Mara Lourenco was speared by a javelin as she went to collect a javelin that had already been thrown. As she went to get it, a flaw in the communication resulted in her being struck in her foot by another javelin which came flying through the air.



She quickly received medical help, and was rushed to hospital, where the javelin was removed without complications.

A similar incident occured not long ago in Norway during an event in Levanger, where a 70 year old umpire was hit in the head, and had to have 30 stitches. Fortunately it ended well.

Yet another incident like this, and a rather well known one occured during the Bislet games in Oslo in 1994. As the finish athlete Juha Laukkanen threw his javelin, norwegian senior umpire Håkon Lund was too busy watching the women running around the track to notice what was about to happen. He was hit in the side of his abdomen (or was it his arm?). He still attempted to mark where the javelin would have landed... Big grin

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RE: Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:34 pm

I always am thankful my high school didn't have javelin as an event when I competed.

I was hit in the head with a shot put and the back with a discus so I'm sure had we had the javelin I would have been speared with one of them had we done the event.
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RE: Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:35 pm

Could have been a lot, lot worse Embarrassment
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RE: Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:20 pm

Ouch!

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
communication

The key word is communication, everyone needs to be on the same page in some of these track/field events in order to avoid injury. Same rules as on the firing range.
 
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RE: Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
I was hit in the head with a shot put and the back with a discus so I'm sure had we had the javelin I would have been speared with one of them had we done the event.

Holy crap dude! That's some dangerous shit.

Track and field does not sound like your thing  Smile
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RE: Track And Field Umpire Hit By Javelin.

Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:28 pm

damn what are the odds that it strikes where it does and not somewhere fatal?
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