A University of Georgia sprinter named Elija Godwin suffered a terrifying injury on Tuesday, but thankfully, he’s expected to make a full recovery. Godwin reportedly fell backwards onto a javelin and was impaled.
Godwin, who reportedly suffered a punctured lung during the incident, accidentally fell backwards onto a javelin that was implanted into the ground at Georgia’s track and field facility.
The police report reads that rescue workers had to “grind” off part of the javelin so they could transport him to the hospital. The rest was surgically removed there.
Here’s more on how the situation occurred, via DawgNation.com:
The injury was caused after Godwin ran into the javelin as he and his fellow sprinters did backward sprints on the track, according to police. The javelin had been “left on the ground at an angle” and Godwin was moving fast as he backed into it. It was actually the rear part of the javelin that caused the injury, which resulted in “a large amount of blood in the grass.”
Georgia’s director of sports medicine suggests that Godwin is expected to make a full recovery.
Full recovery expected for UGA track athlete Elija Godwin after a scary situation: Godwin was impaled on a javelin after backing into it. Details in UGA release: pic.twitter.com/hHISG6NnV9
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) May 8, 2019
Obviously, this could have ended much worse. It’s great to hear that Godwin is expected to recover.