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

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

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

With AP Photos.Michael Shelley of Australia won the Commonwealth Games men's marathon in dramatic fashion when leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapsed to the road with cramping with about two kilometers to go.

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

Team Scotland said in a statement: "Callum has been taken to hospital for medical review following his collapse in the Marathon as is standard procedure". We are pleased to report he is sitting up and speaking with his dad and Team Scotland medical staff.

Struggling with heat exhaustion, Hawkins eventually collapsed in a heap but only after a worldwide TV audience saw some of the most distressing video we've ever seen of visible athletics struggle.

In sweltering conditions, Hawkins, who was leading the race by over two minutes, collapsed in serious distress with just two kilometers to run.

Compatriot Robbie Simpson took bronze in a race won by Australia's Mike Shelley in two hours 16 minutes 46 seconds, with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai second. You can not just wait at the finish line.

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"A couple of mates told me that Callum Hawkins was in trouble".

As he lay writhing on the road, a global television audience watched in mounting horror, as he was left in clear distress with no one coming to his help. "It got me going - when I was half way round and they said Callum was in the lead, I was thinking "I want to get to the end" so I could be part of the Scottish team and do the whole team proud".

"I really felt [for him] passing him lying on the ground like that".

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 was not sure what was going on", he said. "I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands".

"The support from the crowd was wonderful".

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"As I entered the stadium the pain in my legs and in my lungs became impossible to bear", he wrote years later in Italian magazine Sport Illustrato. They tell me that I fell another five or six times and that I looked like a man suffering from paralysis, stumbling with tiny steps towards his wheelchair.

The Australian gold medallist, who is based in the Gold Coast, said he did not believe any athlete could prepares for the conditions on Sunday and he too was struggling with the heat.

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. He had broken the field and had a large lead when this happened near the 40k mark. "You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been". You would think he is clearheaded enough that if you can just keep going a bit longer he will get a gold medal.

He had increased that margin by a few seconds by the finish, with Smith winning the sprint for silver as he recorded the same time as Lawson in bronze.

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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