Commonwealth Games Officials Slammed for Treatment of Distressed Runner

Commonwealth Games officials have been hammered for not helping a distressed marathon runner who suffered a breakdown due to exhaustion.

Callum Hawkins was leading the race just over two hours into the event when his body shut down, leaving the runner in a poor state of health on the side of a bridge just 2km short of the finish line.

Hawkins was two minutes in front when his body buckled resulting in the athlete collapsing into a railing.

The disturbing scenes show Hawkins trying endlessly to get back up and finish the race but he simply couldn’t.

As he lay on the ground, spectators hovered over him and were seen talking to the fallen athlete.

Reports say an official told the spectators not to interfere with the runner and leave him struggling on the ground because the belief was medical help was on the way.

Unfortunately help never arrived and Hawkins was left on the ground for several minutes without assistance.

What made things worse was the official was heard saying the Scottish athlete would be disqualified if anyone came to his aid other than medical professionals.

The medicos eventually made it to the scene but viewers and commentators had seen enough.

British Athletics made a statement after the race and said Hawkins had spoken to officials while receiving treatment. He was conscious when taken to hospital.

Former Australian runner and Channel 7 commentator Tamsyn Lewis said the rules of the race should’ve been ignored to make sure Hawkins was safe.

“People should help him,” she said.

“I think now is the time. An athlete works all their life to win gold medals. But there is one thing more important than that, his health. He should be assisted now.

“He will have family at home who can see this. So they need to know the medical staff will help him.”

Bruce McAvany was critical of officials for not stopping Hawkins from continuing on after he fell the first time.

“He is on autopilot. He was done three minutes ago,” McAvaney said.

“He has gotten back into, not a rhythm, he is still wobbling everywhere, the mind is working so hard but the legs are just getting along. You would think he is clearheaded enough that if you can just keep going a bit longer he will get a gold medal.

“He needs to think of himself and his health first.

“This is distressing. Incredibly distressing. He needs some help. Somebody please come and help him.”

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