April 22, 2018

Why it took so long to respond to marathon runner's collapse

15 April 2018, 10:41 | Sandy Nunez

Marathon leader Callum Hawkins collapses in Gold Coast heat

Marathon leader hospitalised after heartbreaking collapse

The hosts concluded the 11-day Games, involving 71 nations and territories, with 80 gold medals, way ahead of England's 45 and India's 26.

Callum Hawkins was leading the marathon by nearly two minutes and was less than two miles from the finish when he collapsed from heat exhaustion in 30 degree heat.

He did not move for more than a minute.

Hawkins eventually crashed into the railing on the side of a Gold Coast bridge less than 2km out from what would have been a gold medal.

According to a report, an official informed the spectators to leave Hawkins unattended.

The issue was further conflicted by the rules of the race which would have seen Hawkins disqualified if he received any assistance.

The 25-year-old fell while leading the marathon with a mile-and-a-half left and needed medical attention.

"We should have some more medical attention".

Still the spectators were told to watch on.

He said he could "understand" why Hawkins did not want medical treatment.

His comments were met with disbelief and anger by many.

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

"A lot of concern about the Scotsman Callum Hawkins", Welsh said. The Scottish runner was taken to hospital but was not in a serious condition.

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Andrew Butchart, Hawkins' friend and fellow athlete, tweeted: "F***ing help him". "I think it's disgraceful". Helen Housby spiked a last-second victor which handed the English ladies 52-51 victory enabling them to win the gold medal in the tournament. He should be assisted now.

"You never want to see anything like that (Hawkins' collapse)".

"He is on autopilot". He dropped three close pursuers in the 28th kilometre and by 35km had built up a lead of well over two minutes over Shelley.

"He has gotten back into, not a rhythm, he is still wobbling everywhere, the mind is working so hard but the legs are just getting along".

"I wasn't sure what was going on".

"He needs to think of himself and his health first. Somebody please come and help him".

Australia's Michael Shelley overtook Hawkins while he was on the ground to claim back-to-back Commonwealth titles.

Earlier, when Hawkins first collapsed, McAvaney labelled his condition "completely and utterly distressed". He is in trouble.

Australian victor Michael Shelley ran past the prone Hawkins just as help arrived.

"I'm absolutely delighted to get the bronze but I'm disappointed for Callum who couldn't make it to the end because he was going so well", said Simpson.

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their dismay at the way the athlete was treated with one user calling the scenes "distressing", writing: "No medics for ages and the woman just taking pics of him in a heap on the floor, not even trying to help him just taking photos, so shocking!" "When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone". "I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands".

"It got to the point where I couldn't put one foot in front of the other".

"I would rather win a medal at a championship race than run a quick time".

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