GC2018: Scotland's Callum collapses in closing stages of today's marathon

GC2018: Scotland's Callum collapses in closing stages of today's marathon

Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters has slammed spectators for taking photos of distressed marathon runner Callum Hawkins after he collapsed during the event due to exhaustion.

Officials also defended the medical response after the Scot, who was clearly unsteady and fell over twice, lay unassisted on the ground for some time before help arrived.

With just two kilometers to go to the finish line, Scotland's Callum Hawkins was set for a remarkable Commonwealth Games gold. In temperatures of 27 degrees C (80 F), Hawkins was leading by more than two minutes when his legs gave way and he crashed to the curb before struggling to his feet and carrying on.

There were widespread calls for Hawkins to have received medical attention earlier than he did and organisers have said that they will investigate whether there was an excessive delay.

Callum Hawkins has been discharged from hospital in Australia after collapsing in the Commonwealth Games marathon.

In a statement, Team Scotland said: "Callum has been taken to hospital for medical review following his collapse as is standard procedure".

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

"As you know the worldwide rules are very clear in that an athlete has to declare themselves unfit to race [before they can receive any medical attention]", he said.

TV commentators and viewers blasted Hawkins' wait for medical assistance, while many also criticised the bystanders who took pictures.Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe tweeted that there were "big questions" for the organising committee and medical staff.

Another Tanzania runner, Stephano Huche Gwandu, took a tumble as he crossed the finish line and was helped into a wheelchair.

Shelley won the race in two hours, 16 minutes and 46 seconds with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai taking silver (2:19:02) and Scotland's Robbie Simpson bronze (2:19:36).

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