Tragedy Strikes Track and Field

Given the German preoccupation with rules and safety, I'm as surprised about this as anyone. Clearly, it is a tragedy. Somehow, something went wrong with how the competition was being organized and judged.

The javelin is an outmoded event, as are many of the track and field events that are rooted in the old Greek games. If we were to do away with shot put, discus, and the javelin, who would really care?