Originally written on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 10/7/14

A 74-year-old track official in the city of Dusseldorf, Germany, was killed at a local athletics event Monday when he was speared in the throat by a javelin as he was going to measure a throw from a 15-year-old competitor.

The official, identified as Dieter Strack, was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The event was cancelled and the unidentified 15-year-old competitor who threw the javelin is receiving some much needed psychological counseling. Needless to say that even though it was a fluke accident, the poor lad must just be beside himself knowing that he killed a track official with a javelin throw.

The local athletics association for Dusseldorf released the following statement regarding Strack’s untimely passing…

“The popular and experienced sports judge was the victim of a tragic accident while carrying out his duties on Aug. 26,” the association said on its website. “All of us who were there are horrified and in shock.”

“We will always remember Dieter Strack.”

Not to make light of a tragic situation, but shouldn’t it be common knowledge among track and field judges that you measure a javelin throw after the toss has landed? Isn’t that just common sense?

[BBC]

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