Games organisers criticised after slow response to athlete's collapse

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British Athletics tweeted that Hawkins was "conscious following his fall".

Compatriot Robbie Simpson took bronze in a race won by Australia's Mike Shelley in two hours 16 minutes 46 seconds, with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai second.

Michael Shelley of Australia won the Commonwealth Games men's marathon in dramatic fashion Sunday when leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapsed to the road with cramping with about two kilometers to go.

Team Scotland has also reported that Callum was sitting up and speaking with his dad and their team's medical staff. "He is under going further tests as a precaution and all of us wish him a quick recovery".

Staggeringly, Hawkins had to wait several minutes before receiving medical attention, forcing organisers to defend their protocols.

"A lot of concern about the Scotsman Callum Hawkins", Welsh said.

Hawkins was visibly struggling before falling and banging his head against a barrier.

"I heard he is a bit better so I really hope he's alright". He's going to hurt himself.

"This is a guy in real distress and someone needs to recognise it for his health at this point", he said.


"Where on earth is the help?" he said.

"Sometimes medial people arrive too and the athlete has to decide whether they want to go on or not. I think it's disgraceful".

Mark Peters, GOLDOC chief executive, defended the organising committee.

Johannes said she was keeping it in the family in Australia - her husband, boxer Jafet Uutoni, won gold when the Commonwealth Games were last held Down Under in 2006 in Melbourne.

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

"Obviously we need to check the facts".

It was the second heartbreaking collapse of the men's marathon, after a Namibian athlete was forced to pull out earlier in the event.

"In competition there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification".

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


"I saw him and just tried to hang on".

"I'm glad to be finished to be honest", added Shelley.

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.

"Medics were shockingly slow to get there and then to act when they did". And that's what Callum was doing.

"You never want to see anything like that (Hawkins' collapse)". You have these feelings of the overwhelming heat, like being in an oven. When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone.

When asked about running past his team-mate, Simpson said: "It was pretty disgusting".

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.

But Australia suffered setbacks on the last day when their women's rugby team, the Olympic champions, lost a sudden-death thriller against New Zealand in the inaugural final.

"I was starting to get little cramps in my hand, stuff like that".


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