Michael Shelley wins Commonwealth marathon as Callum Hawkins suffers collapse

Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first time

Callum Hawkins falls to his knees for the first time

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.

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

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

"Callum has been taken to hospital for medical review", team officials said in a statement.

It added: "In competition there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification".

At no stage is medical assistance visible on the television coverage when Hawkins collapses for the first time, or at any stage before he collapses again.

People watching the race on TV took to social media to express their outrage at the time it took to get medical attention to the Scot, reserving particular ire for those spectators taking photos of Hawkins.

"We are very pleased to report that Callum is sitting up and speaking with his dad and team medical staff".

Chief executive of the organising committee, Mark Peters, said the health of all athletes was GOLDOC's number one priority.

"Athletes run in snow, they run in 30-odd degree heat so we don't think that's an issue", he said.

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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.

"Unfortunately athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and there is rarely a marathon where someone isn't collapsing".

"I've spent the last four weeks with Callum and he's been great for me, giving me confidence and showing me how the best guys prepare so I learned a lot".

Medical staff have been posted at 500 meter intervals throughout the final kilometers of the course and all had radio communications, in response to Video video games organizers GOLDOC.

"I just tried running my own race", said the 34-year-old, who also claimed Commonwealth marathon silver in 2010. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018". "Medics were shockingly slow to get there and then to act when they did".

Simpson told BBC Sport he had sympathy for Hawkins because marathon runners have "always got conflict because part of the race is not listening to your body".

"I saw him (Callum) on the Sundale Bridge and thought 'Oh s--' and just tried to hang on".

Going into the final quarter of the race Hawkins, who finished fourth in the World Championships previous year, was looking set to claim his first major medal.

Updates on the condition of athletes will be provided through respective teams.

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

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