A 75-year old experienced athletics official died in hospital after being speared through the throat by a javelin at an athletics meet in the German city of Dusseldorf.
The official at the city’s Wilhelm Unger Games for young athletes went to measure a javelin throw, but was hit by the javelin as it landed, according to local media reports.
Paramedics revived the victim at the scene and an emergency doctor escorted him as he was rushed to the city’s University Hospital, where he was operated on after losing a lot of blood from his main artery. Hours later he died after losing too much blood.
A group of seven spectators in the 800-strong crowd who witnessed the accident were given counselling at the scene as police evacuated the stadium.
The meet was immediately cancelled.