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(Brisbane Times)   I used to be High School athlete, until I took a javelin to the eye   ( brisbanetimes.com.au) divider line
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2018-06-21 03:40:46 AM  
The teenager was carrying the javelin off the oval when the sharp end became caught in the ground causing the blunt end to flick into his eye

Point control, kids. It's life or death.
 
2018-06-21 08:37:58 AM  
They have an APB on the javelin involved:

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2018-06-21 08:54:00 AM  

snowybunting: They have an APB on the javelin involved:

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That caption made me lol

"The javelin involved"

For real man?
 
2018-06-21 09:04:06 AM  
Article is a little vague due to the nature of today's (at least high school) javelins.  The ends are cut out of the picture, but you can kind of make it out.  What you might think is the pointy end is the yellow left side, that metal bit at the end rounds off into a blunt almost ball whereas the white right side tapers off to a relatively more narrow end.  While not tapered to a point, I would definitely call the back end pointier than the front.
 
2018-06-21 09:42:16 AM  
TL;DR.
 
2018-06-21 09:46:33 AM  
Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll too?
 
2018-06-21 10:24:36 AM  
I'm pretty sure I remember reading about this on Fark but I thought it was older than six years ago.

Athletics official, 75, dies after being speared through the throat by a javelin as he measured competitor's throw
 
2018-06-21 10:27:58 AM  
He's lucky he didn't lose his whole head.  Those suckers come out of that launcher with some nasty force:
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2018-06-21 10:35:05 AM  
Ouch.
 
2018-06-21 10:43:44 AM  
Well, Selena Gomez will suck on your glass eye, so you've got that.
 
2018-06-21 11:33:33 AM  
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2018-06-21 11:41:06 AM  
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Frowns on your shenanigans
 
2018-06-21 12:05:04 PM  

snowybunting: They have an APB on the javelin involved:

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it's slightly better than using a stock photo of what a javelin might look like, but only slightly.
 
2018-06-21 12:33:58 PM  
No lollygagging.
 
2018-06-21 12:46:13 PM  
I used to be a sales rep for a sports equipment manufacturer that was the only US based maker of javelins. When I first started we toured the factory and I met the guy that makes the javelins. I asked how he tested them. "Do you have a wind tunnel or something?", I asked. "No", he said. "Ive been doing this so long I can hold it at its balance point and know how good it is. That or I can put in in the javelin cannon."
Talk about burying the lead. Never did get to see the cannon.
 
2018-06-21 02:22:18 PM  
I hear they designed the javelin to go along with his limp-wristed throwing style.
 
2018-06-21 04:21:40 PM  
NSCSB time...

So, back in elementary school (circa 1982/83), we used to have after school intramural field events once you were in the 5th & 6th Grades (ages 10 & 11 for you non-US FARKers). At my school, we also had a resident bad boy in my class. We'll name him Bob for the purpose of the story.

So. Sixth Grade. Afterschool. I do shot-put and discus events, so I'm at the field to participate. Bob is there to 'act cool' by mocking the field athletes that don't play 'real sports' like football or baseball.

There's this kid that's one year behind us; but he's huge. Like 5'5" at age 10 huge. He's also the definition of a Gentle Giant; never gets mad, never gets in a fight, just very chill. He's up next for the shot-put.

Bob is goofing off by the boundry line downfield, showing off by leaning in and back over the boundry while the throwers/putters have their go.

The Giant kid releases. Bob leans in.

Bob takes a 5 lbs shot to the skull.

He survived, but they had to vacuum his skull back into shape and he had serious brain damage. The kid that made the throw was so traumatized, he never played any sport again. That was also the last year there was Elementary School field events as a sport in our district.
 
2018-06-21 05:52:06 PM  
As far as pro sports go, Professional Javelin Catching is not one we can expect to catch on.

END COMMUNICATION
 
2018-06-21 06:09:58 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: NSCSB time...

So, back in elementary school (circa 1982/83), we used to have after school intramural field events once you were in the 5th & 6th Grades (ages 10 & 11 for you non-US FARKers). At my school, we also had a resident bad boy in my class. We'll name him Bob for the purpose of the story.

So. Sixth Grade. Afterschool. I do shot-put and discus events, so I'm at the field to participate. Bob is there to 'act cool' by mocking the field athletes that don't play 'real sports' like football or baseball.

There's this kid that's one year behind us; but he's huge. Like 5'5" at age 10 huge. He's also the definition of a Gentle Giant; never gets mad, never gets in a fight, just very chill. He's up next for the shot-put.

Bob is goofing off by the boundry line downfield, showing off by leaning in and back over the boundry while the throwers/putters have their go.

The Giant kid releases. Bob leans in.

Bob takes a 5 lbs shot to the skull.

He survived, but they had to vacuum his skull back into shape and he had serious brain damage. The kid that made the throw was so traumatized, he never played any sport again. That was also the last year there was Elementary School field events as a sport in our district.


Damn.

You ever look either of them up?
 
2018-06-21 11:37:52 PM  
At the risk of providing an identifying detail of my life, my junior-high P.E. teacher had a glass eye, allegedly (i.e., or so we were old) due to javelin accident in his past.
 
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