In hot conditions on the Gold Coast, just over one mile from the end of the marathon at the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's Callum Hawkins was taken away in an ambulance after collapsing.
In fact, he collapsed twice at couple of hundred meters distance trying to continue. He initially refused medical treatment after collapsing because he "feared he would be disqualified. He hit his head on the barrier. It had taken a couple of minutes for any medical staff to attend to the Scot, who was lying on the road. Hawkins was conscious, sitting up and talking when helped into an ambulance.
Team Scotland said Hawkins would remain in Gold Coast University Hospital overnight as a precaution and will be assessed on Monday by their medical team. When asked to explain why it took so long for paramedics to attend to 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. Team Scotland said: "Whilst Callum's recovery is our clear priority, we are still reviewing the circumstances of today's race with GOLDOC and the Commonwealth Games Federation to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all athletes remains paramount." The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, were an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018.