Commonwealth Games 2018: WATCH shocking moment Callum Hawkins COLLAPSES in marathon

Exhausted Commonwealth Games marathon runner collapses 2km from finish

The Scotland team released a statement which revealed that Hawkins will be kept in hospital overnight as a precaution before follow-up checks by its medical team on Monday.

Hawkins regained acutely conscious and was ready to take a seat up whereas nonetheless on the scene of his collapse.

Hawkins was left unattended for various minutes, so much to the dismay of commentators, reporters and viewers.

The Gold Coast organising committee, GOLDOC, have defended the location and number of medical staff available, and point to the fact that an athlete has to request medical attention as any intervention on their part results in disqualification.

And while commentating on the BBC, former middle distance runner Steve Cram said it was "a disgrace" that it took so long for any paramedics to attend to the stricken runner.

Mark Peters, Gold Coast 2018 chief executive, said: "I like many others was distressed to see a wonderful athlete like Callum collapse during the closing stages of today's marathon".

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 well-being of all athletes remains paramount. They've got radios. And finally somebody arrives.

Callum Hawkins was 2000 metres from glory, a gold medal in the marathon to rank alongside some of Scotland's greatest achievements at the Commonwealth Games. "The response of medical staff this morning was inside agreed response suggestions and timeframes", talked about the assertion.

Many were also outraged at onlookers who took pictures of Hawkins while he was in medical distress.

Hawkins was not the one athlete to bear in brutal conditions. Seven of the 24 starters did not complete the race, with Tanzania's Stephano Huche Gwandu put in a wheelchair after falling as he crossed the line.

However, Australia thrashed Canada 87-47 in the men's basketball final, Shelley won the marathon and David Palmer and Zac Alexander were crowned men's doubles squash champions on the final day.

I had a couple of mates around Main Beach who said Callum was in a bit of trouble.

"Sometimes medical people arrive and the athlete has to make a decision as to whether they want to go on or not".

"I seen him (Callum) on the Sundale Bridge and ... merely tried to carry on. When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate, but I was just gone". "You can not just wait at the finish line".

"I assumed hopefully I can get to the tip line on account of I was starting to get cramps in my palms".

Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai took silver, while Scotland's Robbie Simpson picked up the bronze.

Namibia's Helalia Johannes won the women's marathon ahead of Australian duo Lisa Weightman and Jessica Trengove.



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