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.
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
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.