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Dramatic athlete collapse 'jeopardizes' Commonwealth marathon

Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first time Camera Icon Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first
Russell Knight | 15 April, 2018, 16:54

It took several minutes for medical staff to attend to Hawkins, even though it was clear he could not continue.

The BBC commentators reported that Hawkins appeared to be conscious and conversing as he was taken into the ambulance.

Hawkins had the gold medal within his grasp after breaking nearly two minutes clear of the field but he paid the price for his breakaway tactics as the Queensland heat struck him at the 40km mark.

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

Seven of the 24 starters failed to complete the race, including Tanzania's Saidi Juma Makula, who collapsed close to the finish line before being helped into an ambulance.

There were reports that the clearly delirious Hawkins refused medical assistance initially for fear of being disqualified, but the incident and woefully delayed response has put intense focus on the Games organisers.

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

"I just tried to run a smart race and come through and in the end I managed to do it, but it was really tough". I've spent the last four weeks with Callum and he's been great for me, giving me confidence and showing me how the top guys prepare for big races.

According to GOLDOC, medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course, and were equipped with radio communications.

"So getting up that last little hill was brutal and I saw the wind start to get me as well". "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".

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Nehwal, who also won gold as part of India's mixed team earlier in the tournament, last won the Commonwealth singles title in Delhi in 2010.

"I was also concerned about the behavior of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images".

"I like many others was distressed to see a wonderful athlete like Callum collapse during the closing stages of today's marathon", said Peters.

In the women's race, Jerotich seemed to have taken control of the race at the 32km mark when she bolted upfront, but just three kilometers later, she ran out of gas.

"The support from the crowd was wonderful".

"As I entered the stadium the pain in my legs and in my lungs became impossible to bear", he wrote years later in Italian magazine Sport Illustrato. "I live here and train here all the time".

Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapses as he competes in the Men's marathon on day 11 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

The 37-year-old's worldwide career came to a close with a time of 1:30:26 to win by over a minute ahead of John Smith and Simon Lawson, who claimed two medals for England.

After placing fourth at world championships, Hawkins, 25, was aiming for a medal at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, his biography said. "You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been". "They told me to keep going and gave me encouragement", Shelley said.

Fearnley had gone straight to the fore and led through the half way point in 42:59, a minute and 10 seconds ahead of the chase group featuring Smith, Lawson and Canada's Tristan Smyth.

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