Commonwealth Games 2018: Callum Hawkins collapses during marathon

Andrew Cummings
April 16, 2018

Hawkins held a lead of nearly two minutes after two hours of running in blazing sun and temperatures of 82 degrees on the roads of the Gold Coast when he was unable to continue, weaving across the road before collapsing.

The 25-year-old struggled to his feet to continue but was clearly in distress and with just over a mile (two kilometres) to go, he stumbled heavily into a roadside barrier, banging his head as he fell.

Team Scotland confirmed on Sunday that Callum Hawkins is recovering after collapsing during the final stages of the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland.

Simpson's staff partner Callum Hawkins was contributing within the last five kilometers if he collapsed and whined to heat exhaustion.

In the statement Peters said he "was concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images".

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.


On passing the distressed Hawkins, defending champion Shelley knowledgeable reporters: "I wasn't sure what was occurring".

Viewers watching the race on TV slammed Games organisers for their slow medical response with many horrified that fans took photos of the fallen runner.

His team-mate Saidi Juma Makula collapsed close to the finish line - one of seven of the 24 starters who did not complete the race - and was helped into an ambulance.

"I assumed hopefully I can get to the tip line on account of I was starting to get cramps in my palms".

Cram added: "I'm just concerned for his welfare".

Mark Peters, chief executive of the local organizing committee, said they would be investigating whether there had been an excessive delay in getting help to Hawkins. "As soon as I used to be coming down the home straight I tried to hurry up, nonetheless I was merely gone".


Shelley said: "I saw him on the Sundale Bridge and just tried to hang on. Callum Hawkins must be in an ambulance and he's lying flat on the road".

In a press release on Sunday afternoon, Gold Coast 2018 CEO Mark Peters defended the race's organisation amid claims it started too late in the day. I understand that was part of the discussion (about Hawkins) at a point in time.

"So to see someone like that, who I respect so much just lying there, it was terrible".

The 37-year-old's global career came to a close with a time of 1:30:26 to win by over a minute ahead of John Smith and Simon Lawson, who claimed two medals for England. "You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been".

Team-mate Jade Jones also came third in the women's T54 event on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.


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