A British runner collapsed just over a mile from the finish line on his way to a gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games. Callum Hawkins was leading the men’s marathon when he became delirious in the 30C heat and fell in the last 1km of the race. The Scottish athlete lay helpless on the ground waiting for medical staff and had to watch an Australian opponent run past him to victory.
The 25-year-old was two minutes ahead of Australia’s Michael Shelley in the race on the Gold Coast when he tumbled to the floor. Hawkins begun to sway towards the roadside barrier and crashed into the spectator area next to the track. He fell but managed to pull himself up in exhaustion to try and complete the run.
Hawkins fell to the ground a second time with the barrier just ahead of Sundale Bridge in Southport. Onlookers watched and took photos as the struggling athlete attempted to pull himself to his feet to continue the race, but failed. In a heartwrenching moment, the Scot watched Australian opponent Michael Shelley run past him and claim gold.
Team Scotland wrote on social media that Hawkins had been taken to hospital for monitoring, but medical staff had ‘no major concerns’ about his condition. The Australian gold medallist, who is based in the Gold Coast, said he did not believe any athlete could prepares for the conditions on Sunday and he too was struggling with the heat.
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