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May 19, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Photographer speared by javelin, takes picture

This is one of those amazing stories you can’t believe at first glance.

No recreation can do this justice, but I’ll try.

Photographer Ryan McGeeney of the Standard Examiner was shooting the state track and field meet at Provo, Utah. Nothing out of the ordinary, right?

While capturing some of the top hurlers throw the discus, he wandered off into an out-of-bounds area and was, well, speared in the leg by a flying javelin.

So what does he do? What he does best: take a picture. (Click the link to take a look for yourself)

“If I didn’t, it would probably be my editor’s first question when I got back,” McGeeney said later.

The javelin hit the 33-year old ex-Marine just below the knee and fortunately didn’t hit any blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, tendons, or anything serious. Most of javelin was cut off at the track and it took 13 stitches to close the wound.

“It wasn’t real painful,” he said.

The throw came courtesy of Anthony Miles of local 4A school Provo H.S. — who, in a crazy day, went on to win the state title.

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