French long jumper Sdiri hit by errant javelin throw

Updated: July 13, 2007, 6:12 PM ET
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ROME -- French long jumper Salim Sdiri suffered a one-inch wound to his side when he was hit by a javelin during the Golden Gala on Friday.

Salim Sdiri
AP Photo/Gregorio BorgiaFrench long jumper Salim Sdiri was struck by a javelin in his right side while waiting in a designated warm-up area at the Golden League meeting in Rome Friday.

The incident occurred midway through the evening when Finnish thrower Tero Pitkamaki slipped at the end of his run-up, hurling the javelin out to the left of the landing area and spearing Sdiri in his right side as he crouched in the long jump warm-up section.

Sdiri suffered no internal damage, Italian athletics federation spokesman Marco Sicari said, adding that Sdiri never lost consciousness but does not remember the accident because he went into shock.

A shocked-looking Pitkamaki held his head in his hands after the incident but took his next throw in the javelin competition.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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