Cal­lum col­lapses

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Com­momwealth Games bosses were slammed last night af­ter Scot­tish marathon run­ner Cal­lum Hawkins was left with­out med­i­cal help af­ter col­laps­ing in the bru­tal Aussie heat.

The 25-year-old from Elder­slie, was in line for a stun­ning gold medal Down Un­der, lead­ing the race by two min­utes with just over a mile to go.

But in dis­tress­ing scenes, he col­lapsed through heat ex­haus­tion in soar­ing 30 de­gree tem­per­a­tures and drain­ing hu­mid­ity – and was then left for more than four min­utes be­fore paramedics treated him.

Ghoul­ish spec­ta­tors and even one TV chan­nel tech­ni­cian leaned over the bar­ri­ers snap­ping pic­tures of the help­less Ren­frew­shire run­ner in­stead of try­ing to help.

Hawkins, who was re­cov­er­ing last David Camp­bell

St Mir­ren’s ti­tle-win­ning he­roes painted the town black and white as they joined scores of fans to cel­e­brate into the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Man­ager Jack Ross sparked joy­ful scenes as he told sup­port­ers who packed into Gil­mour Street pub The Bankhouse: “We’re on our way”.

Ju­bi­lant play­ers, staff and scores of fans crammed into the boozer af­ter the club se­cured a re­turn to the top flight of Scot­tish foot­ball.

Stars, in­clud­ing skip­per Stephen McGinn, top scorer Gavin Reilly and fans’ favourite Ste­lios Demetriou D i led ldh the ti­tle il party, along­side gaffer Ross.

Ad­dress­ing the crowd, the Saints man­ager said: “Over the last 16 months there has been a real spe­cial bond be­tween the play­ers and the sup­port­ers, so,thank you, you’ve been a huge part of what we’ve achieved this sea­son.”

Buddies, who had trav­elled from far and wide to be there, streamed onto the Pais­ley 2021 pitch as the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle on St Mir­ren’s 0- 0 draw wi t h Liv­ingston, to give the Pais­ley side the point needed to claim the cham­pi­onship crown.

night, said from his hos­pi­tal bed:“Thanks for all your mes­sages of sup­port to­day and to the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal staff. I am now feel­ing much bet­ter.”

But a row erupted be­tween Team Scot­land chiefs and GOLDOC, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the Gold Coast Games over their pro­ce­dures.

Scot­land’s team bosses went through an­gry ex­changes with the or­gan­is­ers as they de­manded an­swers for the lack of med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

The Aussies were hid­ing be­hind claims that only an ath­lete can de­clare him­self un­fit to con­tinue un­der the rules, but IAAF Rule 144 states: “An ath­lete shall re­tire at once if or­dered to do so by the med­i­cal del­e­gate, or a med­i­cal doc­tor who is a mem­ber of the of­fi­cial med­i­cal staff,iden­ti­fied by arm­bands, vests or sim­i­lar dis­tinc­tive ap­parel.”

Hawkins was clearly in no state to make a de­ci­sion.

And Paul Bush, the Chair of Com­mon­wealth Games Scot­land, said: “We for­mally raised the sit­u­a­tion with GOLDOC in terms of how it was man­aged on the course. We do have con­cerns.

“The main one is the amount of time it took.

“We’re full aware of the IAAF rules, in terms of how the ath­lete has to de­clare them­selves un­fit to com­pete.

“But he was in trou­ble for a long time, and fell twice. Our con­cern was when he fell the sec­ond time.”

Asked if he felt the time lapse was un­ac­cept­able, he said:“I would say we’d have hoped peo­ple would have got to him quicker.

“The sec­ond time he fell he was in se­ri­ous trou­ble.”

Cal­lum’s dad and coach Robert was with his son in hos­pi­tal last night.

How­ever Mark Pe­ters, the CEO of GOLDOC de­fended their stance, re­serv­ing his con­dem­na­tion for the by­standers who filmed and snapped Hawkins as he lay in dis­tress.

He said:“I was dis­tressed to see a won­der­ful ath­lete like Cal­lum col­lapse. We are of­fer­ing ev­ery as­sis­tance pos­si­ble to Cal­lum and Team Scot­land.”

We are the cham­pi­ons Saints man­ager Jack Ross in full voice, re­joic­ing with fans and play­ers in the pub, and right, St Mir­ren fans pour onto the pitch af­ter the full-time whis­tle

Down Cal­lum Hawkins

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