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Hawkins on the mend after Commonwealth Games marathon collapse

Callum Hawkins is recovering in hospital after collapsing just two kilometres from victory in the Commonwealth Games marathon.

The 25-year-old Scot was two minutes clear of the field but fell victim to heat and exhaustion in dramatic fashion.

Hawkins’ legs buckled beneath him, sending him to the ground.

The Rio 2016 Olympian remained on the deck for over 10 minutes, with spectators and marathon course officials unsure whether to help him for fear of getting him disqualified.

Australia’s Michael Shelley passed the stricken Hawkins to retain his Commonwealth Games title.

Medical backlash

Medical officials eventually assisted Hawkins and loaded him into an ambulance.

But many have criticised how long it took for medical aid to reach the distressed runner.

Hawkins’ brother Derek, who also raced in the Rio 2016 marathon, was among those watching the drama unfold.

Olympians and commentators also voiced their relief, and anger, on social media.

Organisers react

Gold Coast 2018 CEO Mark Peters said every assistance is being offered to Hawkins and his team.

“I, like many others, was distressed to see a wonderful athlete like Callum collapse during the closing stages.

“GOLDOC can confirm that during the race, medical staff were posted at 500-metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course all of which had radio communications.

”GOLDOC has put in place a wide range of measures to ensure athlete welfare and the response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and time frames.

Peters said medics were only able to treat Hawkins once he eventually requested it.

He also hit out at the conduct of some spectators.

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

“This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018.”

 

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