Scottish runner collapses in Commonwealth 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.

Mr Peters said he was concerned about the reaction to the struggling athlete.

Hawkins was taken to hospital and Team Scotland issued an update to say there were no major concerns for his well-being, but the incident ultimately overshadowed the bronze won by his team-mate Robbie Simpson as Michael Shelley won the race for Australia.

As you know the global rules are very clear in that an athlete has to declare themselves unfit to race (before they can receive any medical attention).

Lawson said: "We ran out of a bit of room towards the end but two English athletes getting second and third, you can't ask for much more than that really".

"We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland", he said.

When asked to explain why it took so long for paramedics to attend to Hawkins, Gold Coast organising committee (GOLDOC) chief executive Mark Peters said: "We need to check the facts out. Callum Hawkins must be in an ambulance and he's lying flat on the road".

"If you want it, you have to work for it", said the victor, who also secured 1500m silver on the Gold Coast.

"Unfortunately, these incredible athletes sometimes run themselves to exhaustion and there's rarely a marathon where somebody doesn't collapse".

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'I was also concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images, ' he said.

GOLDOC later released a statement which confirmed "medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course" and all staff "had radio communications". He added: "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018". "As soon as I used to be coming down the home straight I tried to hurry up, nonetheless I was merely gone". "I was thinking I needed to get to the line before the same thing happened to me, and try and hold on to a medal". "I live here and train here all the time".

At this morning's daily media briefing, a veteran British athletics journalist questioned Peters why it took "so long" to get a medic, saying: "It looked like a matter of life and death. there's a lot of angry people on the internet right now'".

"I came here for a gold, I settled for silver, but I've promised the world I will be the best in the world", said Smith.

Going into the final quarter of the race Hawkins, who finished fourth in the World Championships past year, was looking set to claim his first major medal.

"I saw him (Callum) on the Sundale Bridge and thought 'Oh s--' and just tried to hang on".

Hawkins was not the only athlete to suffer in brutal conditions.

Fellow Tanzanian Saidi Juma Makula collapsed close to the finish line before being helped into an ambulance - one of seven of the 24 starters who failed to complete the race.