'It's disgraceful': Commentators rip into Commonwealth Games organisers after runner collapses

'It's disgraceful': Commentators rip into Commonwealth Games organisers after runner collapses

'It's disgraceful': Commentators rip into Commonwealth Games organisers after runner collapses

Update: 4:14PM SCOTLAND'S Callum Hawkins collapsed during this morning's marathon and is receiving medical treatment at Gold Coast University Hospital.

"He is being supported by Team Scotland medical staff & there are no major concerns at this stage. He is under going further tests as a precaution and all of us wish him a quick recovery".

After two hours in the blazing sun, Scotland's Callum Hawkins had pushed himself to the limit, leaving the rest of the field in his wake and establishing a commanding 41-second lead.

He was struggling on the ground for several minutes in the 27-degree heat before eventually being helped into an ambulance.

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.

BBC Sport commentator middle-distance running great Steve Cram said it was "a disgrace" that it took so long.

"I'm just concerned for his welfare". He hit his head on the barrier.

As he lay writhing on the road, a global television audience watched in mounting horror, as he was left in clear distress with no one coming to his help.

"Where on earth is the help?"

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

Mark Peters, chief executive of the local organising committee, said they would be investigating whether there had been an excessive delay in getting help to Hawkins.

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Many are outraged that it took so long for official medical help to arrive and that the spectators didn't help (one even pushed him back onto the course and others simply stood there and took pictures of a collapsed Hawkins), but it could be that many were anxious that if they did help, Hawkins would be DQ'd.

Hawkins was not the only victim of the searing 30C morning heat on the Gold Coast with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai also suffering in the final 5km.

"Obviously the health of the athlete is absolutely prime", he said.

It was the second heartbreaking collapse of the men's marathon, after a Namibian athlete was forced to pull out earlier in the event.

GOLDOC confirmed medical staff were posted at 500-metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course with radio communications.

Under marathon rules, runners are disqualified if they accept medical aid.

Many were also outraged at onlookers who took pictures of Hawkins while he was in medical distress. He added: "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018".

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

Another Tanzania runner, Stephano Huche Gwandu, took a tumble as he crossed the finish line and was helped into a wheelchair. "You've got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I've ever been". And that's what Callum was doing.

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

"He was going so well", Simpson said.

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