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Javelin spears judge in sports meeting horror.

A WOMAN is recovering in hospital after being speared by a javelin at an athletics competition she was judging.

Hundreds of young competitors watched in horror as judge Sue Bishop was pierced by the seven-foot long spear after it was blown off course by a gust of wind.

Firemen hacksawed off either side of the javelin before Mrs Bishop was carried into an ambulance and rushed to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Doctors at the hospital then operated to remove a seven-inch long section of the javelin which had been left sticking through her arm.

They said that the javelin appeared to have missed vital bones and muscles as it passed through her arm.

Mrs Bishop, an official of the Athletics Association from Berkshire, was said to be making a good recovery from her injury.

A spokesman for the organisers said Mrs Bishop had been working with electronic measuring equipment at the time.

"It was an unfortunate incident but we are confident the necessary safety procedures were in place to ensure the event was carried out in a safe and efficient manner," he said.

The accident happened while she was judging at the English Schools Athletics Association's track and field championships at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Mrs Bishop collapsed screaming as medical teams on hand to help the young athletes rushed to her aid.
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Author:Mellor, Philip
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 11, 1999
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