Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Commonwealth Games: Scotland's Callum Hawkins collapses in marathon

Commonwealth Games: Scotland's Callum Hawkins collapses in marathon

Hawkins struggled for a number of minutes without medical attention in distressing scenes in the 27 degree heat, before eventually being taken away in an ambulance.

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

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. The Scotsman purchased once more on his toes and continued racing sooner than collapsing as soon as extra, this time hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

The sight of Hawkins crashing into the bridge railing and collapsing on the road sparked an angry reaction from commentators and on social media, with Games organisers and nearby spectators criticised for their reaction. "That should never happen".

Some spectators even took pictures of a stricken Hawkins with nobody seeming to offer any help.

During the event, commentator Steve Cram said it was "a disgrace" it took so long for any paramedics to attend to Hawkins.

I had just a few mates spherical Foremost Seaside who talked about Callum was in a little bit little bit of problem. "When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone". He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near.

Bush said the athlete was left "exposed" and feels there should have been "more prompt attention to him".

Callum Hawkins was in first place when he collapsed. Source Getty
Callum Hawkins was in first place when he collapsed. Source Getty

"This is a guy in real distress and someone needs to recognise it for his health at this point", he said.

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

Following criticism of the lack of medical response, GOLDOC confirmed medical staff were posted at 500 metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course with radio communications.

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.

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".

Hawkins collapsed on the kerb before forcing himself up and carried on running.

The Scotland team has since issued a positive update on the runner with a tweet that read: "We are very pleased to report that Callum is sitting up and speaking with his Dad and Team Scotland medical staff". He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery'. Callum Hawkins of Scotland, Kenneth Mburu Mungara of Kenya, Saidi Juma Makula of Tanzania, Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda, Liam Adams of Australia and Julius Nderitu Karinga of Kenya compete. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018", he said.

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