University of Georgia sprinter seriously injured after being impaled on javelin

first_imgA University of Georgia sprinter is expected to make a full recovery after he was impaled on a javelin during a practice session on Tuesday.Elija Godwin was participating in a drill in which he and his teammates were sprinting backwards when he ran into the javelin, which had been left pointing out of the ground at an angle. The accident left Godwin with wounds to his back and shoulder and collapsed his left lung. Emergency services attended to him and ground off part of the javelin before he was taken to hospital where the rest of it was removed by surgeons.“He was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition,” read a statement from the University of Georgia. “A full recovery is expected, according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.”Georgia’s athletic director, Greg McGarity, said no one was to blame for the incident. “It was truly an accident,” McGarity said. “Nobody threw anything or anything like that.”Godwin will, unsurprisingly, miss the rest of the season. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Athleticscenter_img US sports Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn College sports Support The Guardianlast_img read more