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Marathon leader collapses in heat

Callum Hawkins lies
in the road as he is
passed by Michael

MARATHON runner Callum Hawkins was taken to hospital after collapsing while in the lead at the Commonwealth Games with just over a mile to go.

The Scot, 25, had a two-minute lead over Australian Michael Shelley when he first became disorientated in the humidity on the Gold Coast.

He briefly clung to a race barrier and carried on for just over a mile — despite having difficulty running in a straight line — before falling. He was receiving medical attention as Shelley ran past him to win. Scottish team officials later said there were ‘no major concerns’ for his welfare.

Hawkins said in a message: ‘Thanks for all your messages of support today and to the Gold Coast University Hospital staff. I am now feeling much better.’

There was a backlash on TV and social media over delays getting help to Hawkins after a security official tried to move spectators coming to his aid. Shelley said: ‘I wasn’t sure what was going on. I had a couple of mates in the crowd who said Callum was in a bit of trouble. They told me to keep going.’