Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Dramatic collapse overshadows Commonwealth Games marathon

Dramatic collapse overshadows Commonwealth Games marathon

A marathon runner's dramatic collapse struck a sour note on the last day of the Commonwealth Games on April 15 as hosts Australia finished runaway winners on the medals table with 80 golds.

Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapses as he competes in the Men's marathon on day 11 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

He stumbled to the ground, bravely tried to continue before finally collapsing on a bridge at the 24.85-mile mark and BBC commentators Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe were sickened by the slowness of the medical response.

"He hit his head on the barrier".

"I'm sorry if you're watching this at home, it's really distressing".

Lawson said: "We ran out of a bit of room towards the end but two English athletes getting second and third, you can't ask for much more than that really".

"Where on earth is the help?" he said. You can not just wait at the finish line.

According to GOLDOC, medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course, and were equipped with radio communications.

"I think now is the time".

"He initially refused treatment but now has been taken in an ambulance to hospital".

"We are extremely very happy to report this Callum is sitting speaking with his Dad along with workforce Scotland staff".

Staggeringly, Hawkins had to wait several minutes before receiving medical attention, forcing organisers to defend their protocols.

Earlier in the race Callum Hawkins was in fine form.

The moment he was picked up by the medical team, that was the end of his race.


"If you want it, you have to work for it", said the victor, who also secured 1500m silver on the Gold Coast.

"Obviously the health of the athlete is absolutely prime", he said.

"I wasn't sure what was going on", Shelley said.

"There is no reason there would be deliberate delays and our thoughts are with the athlete".

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

British Athletics tweeted: "Callum Hawkins is conscious following his fall and has been taken away in an ambulance".

"He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery". "He was done three minutes ago", McAvaney said. His eighth-place finish in the 2016 London Marathon qualified him for the Great Britain Olympic team and he finished a superb ninth in Rio.

Hawkins, who ran 2hr 10min 17sec at the world champions and was 9th at the 2016 Rio Olympics, had looked set for gold, until he began weaving across the road.

Helalia Johannes won the women's race in 2:32.40, becoming Namibia's first female gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games. I've heard Callum is okay and talking. "They told me to keep going and gave me encouragement", Shelley said. "I hope he's okay".

Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn came home fourth in the women's race. With only the 1,500m and marathon on offer for the Commonwealth Games the Scot gamely took on the longer distances. England's Jade Jones took bronze.

With all medals decided, Australia overwhelmingly won the medal race, both gold (80) and overall (198).

Thomas Abercrombie scored 26 points to lead New Zealand, which lost to Canada in the semifinals, to a 79-69 win over Scotland to take the bronze medal.

It means Scotland finish their best ever overseas Games with 44 medals - nine gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze.

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