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Georgia sprinter impaled by javelin, full recovery expected

Freshman Elija Godwin was injured Tuesday when he and his fellow sprinters were doing backward sprints at the school's track.
Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 10:33 PM EDT by Associated Press
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia track athlete is expected to make a full recovery after being impaled by a javelin during practice.

Freshman Elija Godwin was injured Tuesday when he and his fellow sprinters were doing backward sprints at the school's track. A school statement says Godwin backed into a javelin that was implanted in the ground, causing the rear part of the spear to stick into his back.

A report from campus police says Godwin suffered a punctured and collapsed left lung. Rescue workers were able to cut off part of the javelin, and the rest was removed during surgery at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Godwin was in stable condition Wednesday but will miss the remainder of the track season.

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