Sport Official Dies After Javelin Spears Him
A referee has died after being speared in the neck by a javelin at a youth athletics event in Germany.
Dieter Strack, 74, was measuring a previous throw in Duesseldorf when he was struck by the hurled javelin.
The horrific scene took place in front of 800 spectators at the annual Wilhelm Unger Games event for young athletes.
Seven people in the crowd had to be treated for shock.
Mr Strack was taken to Dusseldorf's University Hospital, but died later of his injuries.
The 15-year-old athlete who threw the javelin is receiving psychological counselling, said a police spokesman.
In a statement on its website, the local athletics association for Dusseldorf and Neuss described Mr Strack as a "much-loved and experienced" sports judge.
"He was the victim of a tragic accident while carrying out his duties," it added. "All of us who were there are horrified and in shock."