Scotland's Callum Hawkins recovering after dramatic marathon collapse at Commonwealth Games

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Namibia's Hellalia Johannes winning the Marathon gold at the Commonwealth Games in a time of 2:32:40NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15- Kenya's national anthem won't sound on the final day of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia as the country's athletes missed out on medals in the final event of the athletics calendar, the men's and women's marathon.

The 25-year-old, who finished fourth at the World Championships marathon in London last summer, had looked set for gold but he began to sway in distress and fell over on the curb.

Hawkins had only just passed the 40km mark when he crashed into the bridge railing and collapsed on the road, unable to get up. The Scotsman got back on his feet and continued racing before collapsing again, this time hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

Thankfully medical staff eventually reached Hawkins after a short delay, and he was taken to hospital.

Speaking on BBC commentary, former British runner Steve Cram said the situation was disgraceful.

"A lot of concern about the Scotsman Callum Hawkins", Welsh said.

"I heard he is a bit better so I really hope he's alright". 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".

"We need to check the facts out...obviously the health of the athlete is absolute prime", he said.

"Where on earth is the help?" he said.

Hawkins' team-mate Robbie Simpson had been working his way through the field and he punched the air as he crossed the finish line, his time of 2:19:36 securing the bronze ahead of Northern Ireland's Kevin Seaward with a time of 2:19:54. I think now is the time.

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Mark Peters, chief executive of Games' organisers GOLDOC, promised to investigate the lack of immediate medical care.

Here's the Team Scotland statement regaring Callum Hawkins.

"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".

"I was also concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images", he said.

Callum Hawkins was 2000 metres from glory, a gold medal in the marathon to rank alongside some of Scotland's greatest achievements at the Commonwealth Games.

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Michael Shelley defended his Commonwealth Games marathon title in dramatic fashion Sunday after leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapsed to the road with about two kilometers remaining. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".

"In competition there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification". The marshalls are there, they've got radios.

Paula Radcliffe said there were "big questions to answer" over the medical response, adding: "That should never happen".

The good news is Hawkins seems to be doing ok from a medical standpoint. When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone.

Going into the final quarter of the race Hawkins, who finished fourth in the World Championships previous year, was looking set to claim his first major medal.

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