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British athlete Callum Hawkins COLLAPSES while leading marathon at Commonwealth Games and taken away in ambulance

Mirror logo Mirror 15/4/2018 Steve Robson
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British athlete Callum Hawkins has collapsed while leading the marathon at the Commonwealth Games.

The 25-year-old held a clear lead over the chasing pack when he suddenly suffered a dramatic fall less than two miles from the finish.

British Athletics later confirmed Hawkins, from Elderslie, Scotland, has been taken for treatment in an ambulance.

His condition is currently unknown but he is conscious, British Athletics said.

Team Scotland tweeted: "Callum Hawkins sadly collapsed during the final stages of the marathon.

"He is receiving medical treatment and we will update shortly."

Viewers watching the race were horrified as Hawkins was unable to get to his feet and clearly in medical distress.

Many were outraged at onlookers who took pictures and the length of time it took help to arrive.

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Among the was British athletics legend Steve Cram.

Watching on, he said: "He's hit his head on the barrier.

"I'm sorry if you're watching this at home, it's really distressing.

"He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near.

"We should have some more medical attention. This is a guy in real distress and someone needs to recognise it for his health at this point."

"Where on earth is the help? You cannot just wait at the finish line. They've got radios."

"And finally somebody arrives. I think it's disgraceful."

Raymond stark tweeted: "Can’t believe the lack of medical attention available to Callum Hawkins Commonwealth2018 absolute disgraceful"

Eleni added: "The people staring and taking pictures of Callum Hawkins on the floor, clearly struggling in the men's marathon is disgusting.

"Where the HELL are the medics? Absolutely disgraceful I am outraged. Needs to be investigated CommonwealthGames2018"

Leanne Cassidy added: "Wtf am I watching! Callum Hawkins is in distress! Where are the medical team? People taking pictures, you’re a disgrace!!! CommonwealthGames2018"

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