Highland Games horror as 22lb hammer thrown by competitor ‘flies over a hedge’ and kills man, 65, in castle gardens

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AN OLD man was killed in a hammer-throw accident at a Highland Games in the Netherlands.

A metal ball from the sporting event struck down the 65-year-old who died at the scene, local police confirmed.

According to witnesses, the passer-by had been walking on one side of a hedge in the gardens near Geldrop Castle, North Brabant – the site of the Open Highland Games lay on the other side.

Suddenly “a metal ball from the sporting event” flew over and struck him down.

Emergency services including a trauma helicopter rushed to the scene but the walker could sadly not be saved.

The hammer throw is a traditional part of the ancient games, in which competitors swing a “hammer” around their head and throw it as far as they can.

The hammer itself is a wooden pole with a metal ball attached that typically weighs 22lb for men or 16lb for women.

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