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Marathon leader collapses in heat

Overtaken:
Callum Hawkins lies
in the road as he is
passed by Michael
Shelley PICTURES: EPA/GETTY

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.’