Athlete suffers heart attack during javelin contest

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A VETERAN javelin thrower is fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack at an athletics meeting.

St Helens Sutton Athletics Club stalwart Ken Williams collapsed at a throws meeting in Wrexham last Sunday (September 25) and remains sedated in the intensive care unit at Walton Neurological Centre.

Club chairman Colin Spark said all club members were rooting for the popular 65-year-old to pull through.

He said: “Ken was taking part in the javelin competition when he said he didn’t feel well. He went for a cup of tea but was found collapsed on the floor a short time later. He wasn’t breathing. It was a terrible shock.

“One of the club members came to his aid and put him on his side and St John’s Ambulance staff were soon on the scene with all their equipment. They were brilliant.”

Mr Williams, of Clock Face, who also competes in the discus and the 100m in the veterans category, was rushed to Wrexham’s Maelor Hospital for further treatment.

He was subsequently transferred to Walton Neurological Centre – where he is breathing without any artificial assistance, but remains sedated.

His mother and father, aged 89 and 91, have been keeping a bedside vigil.

Mr Spark added: “Ken is very popular with everyone at the club and all our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.

“Although the club’s other throwers carried on once Ken had been taken to hospital last week, it was clear that their minds were elsewhere.”