Scotland's Callum Hawkins suffers collapse in Commonwealth Games 2018 marathon

Scottish runner Callum Hawkins dramatically collapsed while closing in on victory in a sweltering Commonwealth Games marathon today.

Published: 15th April 2018 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2018 01:10 PM   |  A+A-

Australia's Michael Shelley, right, passes Callum Hawkins of Scotland after he collapsed during the men's marathon at the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, April 15, 2018. | Associated Press

By AFP

GOLD COAST: Scottish runner Callum Hawkins dramatically collapsed while closing in on victory in a sweltering Commonwealth Games marathon today.

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 he was clearly in trouble and with only about two kilometres (just over a mile) to go, he stumbled heavily into a roadside barrier, banging his head before being left lying on the ground.

There was an anxious wait before any assistance reached him, by which time Australia's Michael Shelley was passing the scene en route to gold.

Team Scotland said Hawkins had been taken to hospital but that "there are no major concerns at this stage".

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