Tuesday, 11 December, 2018


Commonwealth Games: Marathon runner Callum Hawkins collapses 2km from line

Mungara leads co. for last Kenyan fetch at GC2018 Commonwealth Games: Marathon runner Callum Hawkins collapses 2km from line
Noah Ferguson | 15 April, 2018, 14:08

Australian Michael Shelley has won the gold medal in the men's marathon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Hawkins, who had led the race from the 20km mark, was taken away in an ambulance.

Australian victor Michael Shelley ran past the prone Hawkins just as help arrived.

At one point he veered off the road and a spectator pushed him back on course.

He was disappointed for his teammate after seeing the state he was in when he went past at the 40km mark.

Hawkins was conscious, sitting up and talking when helped into an ambulance.

The rules of the race would have seen him disqualified if he had received assistance but help did not arrive and he was left lying on the ground for several minutes.

With still no rival in sight, Hawkins crumbled to the road, writhing. "Somebody please come and help him".

Smyth was fourth in 1:31:44, while Callum Hall - team-mate of Smith and Lawson and husband of women's T54 marathon bronze medallist Jade Jones - placed seventh with 1:37:36 on his senior championship debut.

Hawkins had the gold medal within his grasp after breaking nearly two minutes clear of the field but he paid the price for his breakaway tactics as the Queensland heat struck him at the 40km mark.

The women's race proved a less dramatic affair, Helalia Johannes of Namibia emerging as the victor.

He had a two-minute before his fall, and was set to collect his first major medal after finishing fourth in the World Championships a year ago.

Many have since criticised how long it took medical staff to attend to Hawkins, who was physically in distress.

Watching on in horror Cram told BBC viewers there were real fears for the runner's safety.

"When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone". He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near.

"Where on earth is the help?"

"Sometimes medical people arrive and the athlete has to make a decision as to whether they want to go on or not".

"I think now is the time".

By 9:00, temperatures on the Gold Coast were soaring, and Hawkins wasn't the only athlete in distress.

"I think now is the time".

His father (and coach) Robert Hawkins was a top distance runner. "This could be a long day at the office", Shelley said. "I'm going to race marathons until they bury me in a gutter, but I'm not going to push that hard again".

Shelley had slowed considerably by the finish line, while Namibian runner, Namupala Reonard's body shut down less than an hour into the race.

"I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands".

Shelley won gold, ahead of Uganda's Munyo Mutai and Scotland's Robbie Simpson.

In one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the courageous Scot stumbled a further 800 metres after initially breaking down on the scorching course.

Peters said help arrived "within agreed response guidelines and time-frames". Then he hit a lamppost, before carrying on in a faltering run into the stadium.

"Eight years ago I knew that this was going to be my last race for Australia and that has never wavered, even last night lying in my bed", Fearnley said.

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. He took a few more paces. "What have I done here?" I don't remember anything else.

When the course clerk and chief medical officer helped him that was the end. She crumpled to the kerb and sat there as if in shock. And I stopped. Although I had done it, I couldn't believe I had.

Not a marathon, but Kiwi Craig Barrett heart-breakingly collapsed within 1km of the finish line whilst leading the 50km walk, reportedly as a result of dehydration.

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