Dramatic Collapse Overshadows Commonwealth Games Marathon

Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first time

Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first time

Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters has sensationally lashed out at fans after Scotland's Callum Hawkins collapsed during Sunday morning's marathon on the Gold Coast.

The women's race was won by Namibia's Helalia Johannes, while Australia enjoyed double success in the wheelchair marathon races with Madison de Rozario and Kurt Fearnley taking gold in the women's and men's T54 respectively.

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

There are reports spectators rushed to help Hawkins in lieu of professional assistance but that they were told to stand back, raising concerns as to whether there were adequate medical services stationed along the course.

"After Callum Hawkins collapsed on the bridge, medical staff provided treatment when requested".

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Team Scotland's statement continued: "Whilst Callum's recovery is our clear priority, we are still reviewing the circumstances of today's race with GOLDOC and the CGF to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all athletes remains paramount".

"Athletes run in snow, they run in 30-odd degree heat so we don't think that's an issue", he said.

Mr Peters said he was anxious about the actions of some spectators when Hawkins collapsed.

"Unfortunately athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and there is rarely a marathon where someone isn't collapsing".

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"I was also concerned about the behavior of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images. This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".

Medical staff have been posted at 500 meter intervals throughout the final kilometers of the course and all had radio communications, in response to Video video games organizers GOLDOC. "I just tried to hang on". I'm glad to be finished to be honest. "I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands". "I live here and train here all the time".

He added: "When I saw him lying there, I wanted to stop and see if he was all right, but at the same time I wasn't feeling that great myself. You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been".

"I've been in the same situation in the heat and I was hallucinating", said Simpson. Hawkins, who was fourth at the World Championships previous year, was reported one hour after the race to be conscious.

Updates on the condition of athletes will be provided through respective teams.

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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.

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