Part of the javelin remained in Godwin’s body after fire and rescue personnel “grinded off” the rest of it. Godwin was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, where the rest of the javelin was removed by doctors.
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 fell into it. The rear part of the javelin caused the injury, which resulted in “a large amount of blood in the grass.”
UGA released a statement Wednesday afternoon: “(Godwin) was injured when he backed into a stationary javelin that was resting implanted in the ground. He was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition. A full recovery is expected, according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.”
Kyprianou said Godwin will not compete the rest of this season, but will be “stronger than ever” for next season.