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=Commonwealth Games 2018 Scotland’s Callum Hawkins
Scotland’s Callum Hawkins was taken away in an ambulance after collapsing just over one mile from the end of the marathon at the Commonwealth Games. In hot conditions on the Gold Coast, the 25-year-old (Callum Hawkins ) had a two-minute lead and looked set for gold but began weaving before falling over the kerb. He continued for another couple of hundred metres before collapsing again, hitting his head on a roadside barrier.
Scotland’s Callum Hawkins was conscious, sitting up and talking when helped into an ambulance.
Compatriot Robbie Simpson took bronze in a race won by Australia’s Mike Shelley in two hours 16 minutes 46 seconds, with Uganda’s Munyo Solomon Mutai second.
A Team Scotland statement said: “Callum Hawkins has been taken to hospital for medical review following his collapse as is standard procedure. We are pleased to report he is sitting up and speaking with his dad and Team Scotland medical staff.
“Callum Hawkins is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish Callum Hawkins a speedy recovery.”
Peter Jardine of Scottish Athletics told BBC Scotland Hawkins, who had been running for a little over two hours, initially refused medical treatment after collapsing because he “feared he would be disqualified”.
Scotland’s Steph Twell, who finished seventh in the 1500m, ran to the scene and helped Callum Hawkins as he was taken away.
Scotland team-mate Steph Twell (pictured with hand on Callum Hawkins’ head) ran to the scene to help
Medical help ‘a disgrace’
It had taken a couple of minutes for any medical staff to attend to the Scot, who was lying on the road in clear distress with spectators looking on, some taking photographs.
BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram said it was “a disgrace” it took so long for any paramedics to attend to Callum Hawkins.
Cram added: “I’m just concerned for Callum Hawkins welfare. He 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 Callum Hawkins 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.”
When asked to explain why it took so long for paramedics to attend to Callum Hawkins, Gold Coast organising committee (GOLDOC) chief executive Mark Peters said: “We need to check the facts out. You can’t have medical people on every kilometre of the road.
“They are professionally positioned as they are for our Gold Coast marathon when we have 30,000 people running. Obviously the health of the athlete is best prime.
“Sometimes medical people arrive and athletes have to make a decision whether they want to go on or not and I understand that was piece of the discussion.”
Scottish athlete Eilidh Doyle had been out on the marathon course to maintain her team-mate
‘There’s rarely a marathon where someone isn’t collapsing’
Peters said he was attempting to get more information, adding: “There is no reason there would be deliberate delays and our thoughts are with the athlete.”
He also said he did not think the heat – the temperature was about 28C – was a problem.
“Athletes run in snow, they run in 30-odd degree heat so we don’t think that’s an issue,” he said.
“Unfortunately athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and there is rarely a marathon where someone isn’t collapsing.”
GOLDOC later released a statement which confirmed “medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course” and all staff “had radio communications”.
It added: “In competition there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification. After Callum Hawkins collapsed on the bridge, medical staff provided treatment when requested.”
In the statement Peters said he “was concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images”. He added: “This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018.”
Shelley said: “I saw him on the Sundale Bridge and just tried to hang on.
“When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone. I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands.”
The dilemmas facing a marathon runner
Callum Hawkins was on the tarmac for several minutes before medical help arrived
Simpson told BBC Sport he had sympathy for Callum Hawkins because marathon runners have “always got conflict because part of the race is not listening to your body”.
He added: “You’ve got to push through the wall. When you get tired you can’t slow down, you have to fight all the way to the end. And that’s what Callum was doing.
“I never felt too bad, I was tired, it was hot but it always felt manageable, on the right side of what was safe.”
He said he could “understand” why Callum Hawkins did not want medical treatment.
“I’ve been in the same situation in the heat and I was hallucinating,” said Simpson.
You have these feelings of the great heat, like being in an oven
Bronze medalist Robbie Simpson on what it’s like to collapse during a race
“So what you think you want – sometimes you get ideas in you head that you think is what’s happening – can be quite different from truth.
“He didn’t think he was as bad as what he was but it could have been worse if he did keep going.
“You don’t know what damage you can do by collapsing in this heat.
“Laying on the hot tarmac is so much worse. You have these feelings of the overwhelming heat, like being in an oven.
“What kept me going was moving and a bit of the breeze and then just getting straight into the recovery tent with ice and the cold drinks.”
When asked about running past his team-mate, Simpson said: “It was pretty horrible.
“I kind of look up to Callum as being someone who has been there, at the World Championships, getting fourth place and having the Scottish record for the half marathon.
“So to see someone like that, who I respect so much just lying there, it was awful.”
Callum Hawkins was not the only athlete to suffer in the conditions – Tanzania’s Stephano Huche Gwandu was put in a wheelchair after falling as he crossed the finish line.
His team-mate Saidi Juma Makula collapsed close to the finish line – one of seven of the 24 starters who did not complete the race – and was helped into an ambulance.
Commonwealth Games: England shock Australia to win netball gold.
England’s netballers stunned favourites Australia to secure the greatest result in their history and win their first Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Helen Housby scored in the final second to give England a 52-51 victory.
Having staged a dramatic comeback to beat Jamaica in the semi-finals, the Roses matched the hosts 25-25 at half-time of their first Commonwealth final.
And they shocked the home crowd by overturning a four-point deficit in the final quarter to claim a dramatic win.
A full replay of the final will be shown on BBC Two from 09:25 BST on Sunday.
“It’s my dream come true,” said head coach Tracey Neville. “The girls have worked so hard over the last international phase.
“Australia are the renowned, world number ones and to beat them at that time, I’m really, really proud – the feeling of that is amazing.”
This was the first time since netball was introduced at the 1998 Games that the final did not feature both Australia and New Zealand.
Australia knocked out New Zealand – who were beaten 60-55 by Jamaica in the bronze-medal match – in the semi-finals, but could not deny third-ranked England.
Buzzer-beater – England come from behind again
Helen Housby (second right) scored in the final second to secure England a 52-51 victory
England recovered from a six-goal deficit against Jamaica and; having trailed by two at three-quarter time, fell four behind early in the final period against the hosts.
But they came back and, with the scores at 51-51 with 20 seconds remaining; England took the final centre pass of the game.
Jo Harten – England’s hero in the semi-final win; – failed to sink a rushed attempt at goal with the clock down to five, and Housby’s effort also fell short.
But a late contact call saw Housby given a second chance, and she slotted the winner on the buzzer.
“As a shooter you dream of that moment. Commonwealth Games final, last-second goal, but you never believe it’s really going to happen. It’s the best day of my life,” she said.
“To be honest, it was kind of all a blur. All I remember was having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming because the final whistle had gone.
“We’ve been trying so long to break the curse of bronze. Every single box has been ticked.”
England captain Ama Agbeze said: “There was limited sleep last night so it’s really impressive we managed to turn the happiness of yesterday around.
“I think Australia have felt under pressure this whole tournament. I had confidence after coming from six down against Jamaica and we felt comfortable.”
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Mentor dominates with world-class performance
England had only beaten Australia five times in their history before Sunday ; but not since 2013 and never at a major tournament.
Having made a first major final in their history; they played with confidence throughout and it was hosts Australia who failed to deliver under pressure.
Australia head coach Lisa Alexander was forced into four changes at the break; and moved goal shooter Caitlin Bassett to the bench after she was dominated by England goal keeper Geva Mentor; playing in her fifth Games.
Mentor – Bassett’s captain at Sunshine Coast Lightning – matched up to the 6ft 3in shooter; with England’s experience in the Australian domestic league fuelling their victory.
Eight of England’s 12-strong squad have experience playing down under; including attacker Chelsea Pitman, who won the World Cup with Australia in 2011 before switching loyalty to England in 2016.
It is the best result in England’s history; having previously won silver at the 1975 World Cup in a round-robin format; and Neville’s side will be sure of making more history in 2019 when Liverpool hosts the World Cup.