Marathon runner Callum Hawkins collapses in final kilometres of Commonwealth Games race

Marathon runner Callum Hawkins collapses in final kilometres of Commonwealth Games race

A marathon runner's dramatic collapse struck a sour note on the last day of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday as hosts Australia finished runaway winners on the medals table with 80 golds.

The 25-year-old from Elderslie, Scotland, was a mile from the end of the race in Australia's Gold Coast when he fell to the ground. He hit his head on the barrier. "They told me to keep going and gave me encouragement", Shelley said.

Hawkins was eventually helped into an ambulance, and a statement from Team Scotland said he was "receiving medical treatment". We're joyful to report he is sitting up and speaking alongside along with his dad and Group Scotland medical staff.

"He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery".

Hawkins held a lead of nearly two minutes after two hours of running in blazing sun and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82F) on the roads of the Gold Coast when he was unable to continue, weaving across the road before collapsing.

TV commentators and viewers blasted Hawkins' wait for medical assistance, while many also criticised the bystanders who took pictures. "Callum Hawkins must be in an ambulance and he's lying flat on the road".

During the event, BBC commentator and former athlete Steve Cram said it was "a disgrace" it took so long for any paramedics to attend to Hawkins. I had a couple of mates (in the crowd) who said Callum was in a bit of trouble.

"He hit his head on the barrier", said Cram. "He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near", he said.

"Where on earth is the help?" You can not just wait at the finish line - people get in distress further down the course.

"Medics were shockingly slow to get there and then to act when they did. I think it's disgraceful".

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Mark Peters, GOLDOC's chief govt, talked about in an announcement: "I, like many others, was distressed to see a phenomenal athlete like Callum collapse all through the closing phases".

"So they are professionally positioned the same as for our Gold Coast marathon, where we have 30,000 people". Obviously the health of the athlete is absolute prime. As you know the worldwide rules are very clear in that an athlete has to declare themselves unfit to race (before they can receive any medical attention).

"More information to be issued in due course".

He also said he did not think the heat - the temperature was about 28C - was a problem.

"Unfortunately athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and there is rarely a marathon where someone isn't collapsing". They've got radios. And finally somebody arrives.

It added: "In competition there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification".

Hawkins regained acutely conscious and was ready to take a seat up whereas nonetheless on the scene of his collapse.

"I was moreover concerned in regards to the conduct of a small number of bystanders who chosen to take photos. This is not in keeping with the spirit of Gold Coast 2018".

"I saw him and just tried to hang on. As soon as I used to be coming down the home straight I tried to hurry up, nonetheless I was merely gone". "I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands".

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