Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Commonwealth Games 2018: WATCH shocking moment Callum Hawkins COLLAPSES in marathon

Commonwealth Games 2018: WATCH shocking moment Callum Hawkins COLLAPSES in marathon

"Somebody please come and help him".

There was a similarly encouraging message from Hawkins' agency, Moyo Sports, in a tweet which read: "Callum Hawkins is sitting up and talking after having been taken to hospital".

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

Hawkins, who had about a two-minute lead over Shelley, first became disoriented in the humid conditions at about the 38-kilometer mark of the 42.2-kilometer race, briefly holding himself up next to a race barrier to try to regain his balance.

Helalia Johannes won the women's race in 2:32.40, becoming Namibia's first female gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games.

Hawkins, who ran 2hr 10min 17sec at the world champions and was 9th at the 2016 Rio Olympics, had looked set for gold, until he began weaving across the road.

Staggeringly, Hawkins had to wait several minutes before receiving medical attention, forcing organisers to defend their protocols. On the home straight, as you can see, I tried to accelerate but I was gone as well.

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BBC commentators Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe voiced their anger at the slowness of the medical response, with Cram seemingly exasperated saying: "He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near".

"Where on earth is the help?"

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.

In response GOLDOC confirmed medical staff were posted at 500 metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course with radio communications. "I think it's disgraceful".

Commonwealth Games organisers responded to questions surrounding the time it took to get medical help to the Scottish athlete.

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

His father (and coach) Robert Hawkins was a top distance runner.

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After retaining his Commonwealth title, Shelley said he had also been struggling with the hot conditions.

"I was starting to go myself", Shelley said. You would think he is clearheaded enough that if you can just keep going a bit longer he will get a gold medal.

"I saw him and just tried to hang on". I'm glad to be finished to be honest.

Hawkins was not the only victim of the searing 30C morning heat on the Gold Coast with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai also suffering in the final 5km.

The marathon was eventually won by Australia's Mike Shelley in two hours, 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

Weightman&rsquo compatriot Jessica Trengrove took bronze for the Games in a row to put in another medal to the host nation's tally. Certainly, there's no reason why there would be deliberate (medical) delays, and our thoughts are with the athlete. Then he hit a lamppost, before carrying on in a faltering run into the stadium.

"That deathly silence ... it was unreal, something I'd like to forget - but I'll never forget it", Halberg said.

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Italian Dorando Pietri, a pastry chef, entered the stadium in the lead, and started to teeter around the track toward an Olympic gold. I'm a born and bred Gold Coaster.

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