Games organisers criticised after slow response to athlete's collapse


Scotland's Callum Hawkins is recovering in hospital after collapsing during the men's Commonwealth Games marathon on Sunday.

Hawkins regained conscious and was able to sit up while still at the scene of his collapse.

Hawkins was left unattended for various minutes, so much to the dismay of commentators, reporters and viewers.

They were under the impression that medical support was on its way, as well the race's rules that would have seen Hawkins disqualified if a member of the public aided him.

Several hundred metres - and over two minutes later - Hawkins collapsed on a bridge just past the 40km mark. "We're offering every assist potential to Callum and Group Scotland".

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".

Hawkins had showed gradual signs of deterioration in the five to 10 minutes before he collapsed for good.

Medical staff were posted at 500 meter intervals in the final kilometers of the course and all had radio communications, according to Games organizers GOLDOC. "The response of medical staff this morning was inside agreed response suggestions and timeframes", talked about the assertion.

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"I was also concerned about the behavior of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images. This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018", he said.

Hawkins was not the only athlete to suffer in brutal conditions. Seven of the 24 starters did not full the race, with Tanzania's Stephano Huche Gwandu put in a wheelchair after falling as he crossed the street.

However, Australia thrashed Canada 87-47 in the men's basketball final, Shelley won the marathon and David Palmer and Zac Alexander were crowned men's doubles squash champions on the final day.

"Sometimes the medical people arrive and the athlete has to make a decision as to whether they go on or not and I understand that was a part of the discussion".

"Words can't express what we felt; having seen him take that almost two-minute lead, then he started to wobble down at the beach. As soon as I used to be coming down the home straight I tried to hurry up, nonetheless I was merely gone".

Radcliffe did defend race victor Shelley against social media criticism claiming he heartlessly ran past Hawkins on his way to claiming gold in the event. But at the same time I wasn't feeling that great myself and thinking I need to get to the line before the same thing happens to me and hold on to a medal.

Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai took silver, while Scotland's Robbie Simpson picked up the bronze.

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