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


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

Scotland's Callum Hawkins is recovering after he collapsed while leading the men's marathon at the Commonwealth Games.

The 25-year-old had a two minute lead when he started to weave on the road before falling over a curb. Bravely, he continued for another two hundred metres before collapsing, hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

Hawkins was taken to hospital and Team Scotland issued an update to say there were no major concerns for his well-being, but the incident ultimately overshadowed the bronze won by his team-mate Robbie Simpson as Michael Shelley won the race for Australia.

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

Team Scotland have since revealed that 'he is sitting up and speaking with his Dad and Team Scotland medical staff. "He is current course of extra assessments as a precaution and all of us need him a speedy restoration".

On commentary for BBC, Steve Cram called it "disgraceful" that Hawkins did not received medical attention sooner.

Ron Lewis, athletics correspondent for British newspaper The Times, tweeted: "How pathetic are the Commonwealth Games organizers?"

Scottish marathoner Callum Hawkins, who was 9th at the Rio Olympics and 4th at the World Champs last summer, was looking to win the Commonwealth Games marathon this morning.

There are moreover strict pointers spherical accepting medical help with athletes coping with potential disqualification in the event that they're assisted.

Mark Peters, Gold Coast 2018 chief executive, said: "I like many others was distressed to see a wonderful athlete like Callum collapse during the closing stages of today's marathon".

On Twitter, Paula Radcliffe was also critical of the medical response.

"I was also concerned about the behavior of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images".

This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018.

Hawkins was not the one athlete to bear in brutal conditions.

However, Australia thrashed Canada 87-47 in the men's basketball final, Shelley won the marathon and David Palmer and Zac Alexander were crowned men's doubles squash champions on the final day. I'm sorry if you're watching this at home, it's really distressing.

"I wasn't sure what was going on", the Australian said, about seeing Hawkins in trouble.

"Sometimes medical people arrive and the athlete has to make a decision as to whether they want to go on or not".

"I saw him and just tried to hang on". You can not just wait at the finish line - people get in distress further down the course.

Hawkins had moved away from the pack and opened up a gap from Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai, who was initially behind him in second.

Radcliffe did defend race victor Shelley against social media criticism claiming he heartlessly ran past Hawkins on his way to claiming gold in the event.