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Man killed after 22-pound hammer thrown during Highlands Games

Joaquin Gomez of Argentina competes in the Men's hammer throw finals at Athletics National Training Center during the IAAF World Challenge Brazil 2019 at Athletics National Training Center on April 28, 2019 in Braganca Paulista, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
Joaquin Gomez of Argentina Participation in the men's hammer throw final at the Athletics National Training Center during the IAAF World Challenge Brazil 2019 held at the Athletics National Training Center in Braganca Paulista, Brazil on April 28, 2019. (Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) Photo by Alexandre Schneider

A 65-year-old man was killed by a 22-year-old man. At a nearby Open Highland Games held in Holland, a contestant pounded his hammer.

The victim was touring the Geldrop Castle where the game was being held when a projectile flew "over the fence" and struck him, killing him instantly.

"I saw the pendulum drop and the ball go over the hedge. Then I heard a woman screaming," said one eyewitness to local news outlet Omrope.England Sun.

"I didn't see the ball coming at all because I wasn't a spectator," said Brabant.

While event organizers attempted CPR, paramedics rushed to the scene but were unable to save the unidentified victim.

The sporting event was canceled immediately.

The athlete who threw the hammer, one of the top players in the sport, was reportedly "completely shaken" by the freak accident.

"I never spoke to him in person, but he's completely lost. This shouldn't have happened to him," said Foundation Village Marketing, who organized the event. Adri Geerts, chairman of Geldrop-Mierlo, said.

"We are amazed that something like this can happen. We are devastated."

Deputy Mayor Hans van de Laar said he said in a statement: My condolences to the bereaved family. ''

Hammer throw is an ancient Scottish game tradition in which competitors swing a metal ball around their heads before throwing it as far as they can.

Investigations continue into how the incident may have occurred in such a large-scale event.

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