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Friday, April 11, 2014

J IS FOR JAVELIN



Death by Javelin


A javelin is a spear: a long thin piece of wood, plastic, or metal with a pointed end, used as a weapon or thrown in field competitions such as track-and-field events in which the contestants compete to throw a javelin as far as possible.

 Wikipedia
Learn more about the javelin's use as a hunting tool, a weapon of war, and for competitions by following this link!



While I found no murders committed with a javelin I did find several accidental deaths from javelin throws. In Dusseldorf Germany, a fifteen-year-old javelin thrower accidentally killed an athletics official on the field. 

Sad story, and I can't imagine the horror this young man must feel. 



The victim was a 74-year-old German athletics official who was hit in the throat by the young man's throw of the javelin. He stepped out on the field to take a measurement and was hit. Such tragedy!

 A teacher at Liverpool College died after being struck by the blunt end of the sports spear. In North Dakota, a 17 year-old girl dies after being struck by a javelin after she cut across the javelin field - unbelievable! 
Read more here: 
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Struck by Javelin, Girl 17, dies



A truly formidable weapon 
but would you replace your baseball bat with it?


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12 comments:

  1. A tragic tale Yolanda .. imagine.
    Already I'm wondering about tomorrow's one - knuckle, knife ..?
    Have a great weekend!
    Garden of Eden Blog

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  2. Gosh, that would haunt you throughout your life if you killed someone in that way.

    Shelley Munro

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  3. Oh my gosh what a terrible accident. That poor kid.

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  4. Tragic but at least not on purpose. Matt held his school javelin record, not sure it's ever been beaten. Not checked in some years.

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    1. Jo, thanks for steering me to this blog! It's great.
      Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  5. Yolanda Renee, what a sad but interesting post. I came to your blog through a referral from Jo, one of your followers, and now I'm following too. Great blog. Excellent subject. See you around the A to Z. Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  6. Holy smoke, Yolanda, you’ve got J up already! I’m so far behind… You must be one of those super-efficient types!
    So the javelin, I never thought another thing of it – just another sport. But after reading this and checking out your links, I had one of those weird, rare moments in which one might look at a word in the English language and suddenly be struck by how strange a word it seems; likewise, throwing a spear in this day and age. Horrible way to die, I'd imagine.
    Miss A

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  7. Wow that has to be awful to live with, remind me to avoid all javelin events

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  8. I can't imagine how much force would have to be behind the throw to still be able to kill someone downfield from it. And what a horrid death that would be.

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  9. In the mid-80's I was on the track preparing to take part in the 5,000 metres. A fellow athlete (not a javelin competitor) lifted a javelin to throw it back to the thrower. In a casual, no-run-up, the non-competing guy threw it and it landed beside the astonished trained athletes. It frightened the living daylights out of most of the field athletes. The non-competitor was taken into training and became one of the best javelin throwers our unit ever had.

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  10. I recall a javelin accident was featured in one of the episodes of 1000 Ways to Die. I had the creeps for the rest of the night.

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