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16 April 2018, 02:23 | Charlene Valdez
Camera Icon Callum Hawkins collapses again and cannot
Scottish marathoner Callum Hawkins, who was 9th at the Rio Olympics and 4th at the World Champs last summer, was looking to win the Commonwealth Games marathon this morning. Hawkins was able to get back to his feet but was on wobbly legs, his race over a short while later when he crashed into a railing.
Hawkins collapsed on the kerb before forcing himself up and carried on running.
"Words can't express what we felt; having seen him take that almost two-minute lead, then he started to wobble down at the beach".
Mark Peters, chief executive of Games' organisers GOLDOC, promised to investigate the lack of immediate on-course medical care for Hawkins.
The 25-year-old fell while leading the marathon with a mile-and-a-half left and needed medical attention.
In the earlier men's T54 marathon, three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley claimed victory in his final race representing Australia.
"We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland", he said. I think now is the time. "I understand that was part of a discussion at a point in time, because incredibly athletes in whatever state they are want to finish", he said. I'm sorry if you're watching this at home, it's really distressing.
Australia's Michael Shelley ran past the stricken leader, who by this point was being tended to, shortly after as the hometown athlete went on to triumph, with Hawkins' fellow Scot Robbie Simpson also passing him to take third on the line in a time of 2:19.36, nearly three minutes behind Shelley.
Temperatures were said to be around 28 degrees Celsius during the race, held in the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.
Eventually, Hawkins just couldn't go any further, collapsing in front of shocked spectators on the Sundale Bridge, 40km into the marathon and unable to go any further. You can not just wait at the finish line - people get in distress further down the course.
In a statement released later, he said: "medical staff were posted at 500mtr intervals in the final kilometres of the course, all of which had radio communications".
In the statement Peters said he "was concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images".
"So to see someone like that, who I respect so much just lying there, it was terrible".
They were under the impression that medical support was on its way, as well the race's rules that would have seen Hawkins disqualified if a member of the public aided him.
"This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".
The 37-year-old's global 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.
His team-mate Saidi Juma Makula collapsed close to the finish line - one of seven of the 24 starters who did not complete the race - and was helped into an ambulance.
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