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