Commonwealth Games 2018 organisers slam photo-snapping fans after marathon collapse

Commonwealth Games 2018 organisers slam photo-snapping fans after marathon collapse”

Update: 4:14PM SCOTLAND'S Callum Hawkins collapsed during this morning's marathon and is receiving medical treatment at Gold Coast University Hospital.

He lay on the ground for up to a minute before medical attention arrived as Shelley came over the bridge and past the ailing Scot. In temperatures of 27 degrees C (80 F), Hawkins was leading by more than two minutes when his legs gave way and he crashed to the curb before struggling to his feet and carrying on.

But the 25-year-old has now been released after staying in overnight.

GOLDOC chief executive officer Mark Peters said the health of all athletes was GOLDOC's number one priority.

Organisers have said they will investigate whether there was an excessive delay in getting help to Hawkins, who had managed to get up and run another couple of hundred metres before collapsing again, hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

Callum Hawkins has been discharged from hospital in Australia after collapsing in the Commonwealth Games marathon.

Games officials have been criticized for the slow response time of medical staff in attending to the obviously distressed athlete, though understandably they were reluctant to risk disqualifying the lead runner if there was any chance of his continuing the race. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".

TV commentators and viewers blasted Hawkins' wait for medical assistance, while many also criticised the bystanders who took pictures.Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe tweeted that there were "big questions" for the organising committee and medical staff. The Scottish runner was taken to hospital but was not in a serious condition.

Australia's Mike Shelley, who was second when Hawkins collapsed, went on to win the marathon, with Uganda's Munyo Mutai taking silver and Scotland's Robbie Simpson took bronze, with Northern Ireland's Kevin Seaward fourth.

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