Marathon's spectators under fire for taking pics of collapsed runner

Marathon's spectators under fire for taking pics of collapsed runner

Hawkins held a lead of nearly two minutes after two hours of running in blazing sun and temperatures of 82 degrees on the roads of the Gold Coast when he was unable to continue, weaving across the road before collapsing.

In the earlier men's T54 marathon, three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley claimed victory in his final race representing Australia.

Mr Peters said there was "no reason" there would be deliberate delays.

Hawkins was eventually helped into an ambulance, and a statement from Team Scotland said he was "receiving medical treatment".

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.

"But the second time he fell, he was a little bit exposed and we probably would have liked to see more prompt attention to him".

Team Scotland's statement continued: "Whilst Callum's recovery is our clear priority, we are still reviewing the circumstances of today's race with GOLDOC and the CGF to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all athletes remains paramount".

But the Scotland team issued a positive update on the runner on Twitter.

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Johannes said she was keeping it in the family in Australia - her husband, boxer Jafet Uutoni, won gold when the Commonwealth Games were last held Down Under in 2006 in Melbourne.

"Ultimately these incredible athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and these rarely a marathon where someone isn't collapsing", he said.

"I just tried running my own race", said the 34-year-old, who also claimed Commonwealth marathon silver in 2010.

GOLDOC said it could confirm that during the race, medical staff was posted at 500metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course, all of which had radio communications. "I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands". "I just tried to hang on". "Callum Hawkins must be in an ambulance and he's lying flat on the road". "You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been".

At this morning's daily media briefing, a veteran British athletics journalist questioned Peters why it took "so long" to get a medic, saying: "It looked like a matter of life and death. there's a lot of angry people on the internet right now'". Hawkins, who was fourth at the World Championships past year, was reported one hour after the race to be conscious.

Hawkins was not the only athlete to suffer in the conditions - Tanzania's Stephano Huche Gwandu was put in a wheelchair after falling as he crossed the finish line.

Scottish favourite for gold, Hawkins seemed easy and in control for much of the race despite the temperatures of up to 27C.

"So to see someone like that, who I respect so much just lying there, it was very bad".

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