Marathon collapse sours Games final day

Kevin Seaward on his way to an excellent fourth place in the men's marathon on the Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games organisers slammed bystanders for taking pictures of stricken runner Callum Hawkins after his dramatic collapse while leading the marathon on Sunday.

In a stunning finish, Scottish leader Callum Hawkins collapsed in the gutter at the 40km mark while well clear of Shelley.

The 25-year-old struggled to his feet to continue but was clearly in distress and shortly afterwards, with just over a mile (two kilometres) to go, he stumbled heavily into a roadside barrier, banging his head as he fell.

Australian runner Michael Shelley was able to move into the lead as a result of Hawkins' dropping out, and won his second Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal.

Another Tanzania runner, Stephano Huche Gwandu, took a tumble as he crossed the finish line and was helped into a wheelchair.

In a statement, Team Scotland said: "Callum has been taken to hospital for medical review following his collapse as is standard procedure".

"GOLDOC has put in place a wide range of measures to ensure athlete welfare and the response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and timeframes".

Team Scotland has also reported that Callum was sitting up and speaking with his dad and their team's medical staff. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".

Medical staff were posted at 500 meter intervals in the final kilometers of the course and all had radio communications, according to Games organizers GOLDOC.

There were also reports that spectators were told not to interfere with Hawkins, who risked being disqualified under the strict competition rules if he accepted medical assistance.

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

"He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery", the statement said.

Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai won silver and Scotland's Robbie Simpson took home the bronze.



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