UGA track athlete pierced by javelin

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM CDT
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University of Georgia sprinter Elija Godwin was pierced by a javelin on Tuesday during a running drill.

Despite the freak nature of the injury, Godwin is expected to make a full recovery.

Dawgs247's Jake Rowe reports Godwin, a freshman athlete, was doing backwards sprints on the track when he fell into the rear end of a javelin that was left on the ground, resting at an angle. Rowe says Godwin was pierced in the back, just below his left shoulder blade.

UGA Police, as well as National AMS and the Athens-Clark County Fire Department, responded to the scene, and Godwin was later transported to a local hospital.

Rowe says witnesses stated seeing Godwin bleeding from both the wound as well as orally and writes a police report on the incident notes he lost a "substantial" amount of blood.

UGA athletics said in a statement that Godwin is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

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