Hawkins col­lapses dur­ing Com­mon­wealth Games marathon

Swazi Observer - - WORLD SPORT -

GOLD COAST - Gold Coast 2018 or­gan­is­ers came un­der heavy crit­i­cism yes­ter­day af­ter Cal­lum Hawkins was left col­lapsed on the road with­out med­i­cal at­ten­tion for sev­eral min­utes dur­ing the marathon.

Hawkins is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter dis­tress­ing scenes in which he fell from ex­haus­tion in 28-de­gree tem­per­a­tures barely a mile from the end of the 26mile race while lead­ing by al­most two min­utes.

Live tele­vi­sion footage showed him try­ing and fail­ing re­peat­edly to get to his feet and at one point ap­peared to bang his head on a bar­rier. It took a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore a medic reached the Scot, who ini­tially re­fused help for fear of dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

A Scot­tish Ath­let­ics state­ment said Hawkins, 25, was “sit­ting up and speak­ing with his dad” af­ter be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal, but the sce­nario prompted ques­tions from Steve Cram and Paula Rad­cliffe about the treat­ment pro­vi­sions on the course.

Women's marathon record holder Rad­cliffe tweeted: “Medics were shock­ingly slow to get there and then slow to act when they did. The ath­lete will al­ways want to fin­ish but isn't able to think ra­tio­nally at that point.”

Daily Mail

(Reuters)

DOWN AND OUT: Cal­lum Hawkins was left col­lapsed on the road with­out med­i­cal at­ten­tion dur­ing the marathon.

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