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Games boss shames fans over fallen runner

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 15/04/2018 Stuart Honeysett

Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters has slammed spectators for taking photos of distressed marathon runner Callum Hawkins after he collapsed during the event due to exhaustion.

The Scotsman was leading the race just over two hours into the event when his body shut down and he crashed into a railing before falling to the ground.

He tried several times to get to his feet but was unable to and was eventually passed by Australia’s Michael Shelley who went on to claim the gold medal.

Games organisers were slammed for leaving Hawkins on the side of the road for a minute and a half before he received medical assistance.

Peters released a statement admitting the scenes were ‘distressing’ but also questioned the actions of spectators for taking photos of the fallen runner.

“We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland,” Peters said.

“GOLDOC has put in place a wide range of measures to ensure athlete welfare and the response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and timeframes.

“I was also concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images.

“This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018.”

Callum Hawkins.: Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters called out spectators for taking photos of distressed marathon runner Callum Hawkins. (Getty) © Getty Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters called out spectators for taking photos of distressed marathon runner Callum Hawkins. (Getty) Peters was called out on Twitter, with suggestions one of the spectators taking photographs was a Games official in a blue bib.

There were also reports that spectators were told not to interfere with Hawkins, who risked being disqualified under the strict competition rules if he accepted medical assistance.

However, world record holder Paula Radcliffe, middle distance runner Andrew Butchart and British track and field great Steve Cram, and Channel 7 commentators Bruce McAvaney and Tamsyn Lewis believed something should have been done earlier to help him.

Team Scotland issued a statement saying Hawkins was speaking with his dad and medical staff in hospital.

“He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery,” the statement said.

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