A fall in the marathon raises controversy in the Commonwealth Games

Ⓒ AFP – Manan Vatsyayana – | Scottish runner Callum Hawkins (c) competes in the Commonwealth Games marathon on April 15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia

The cruel fall on Sunday of the Scottish marathoner Callum Hawkins aroused controversy and left a bitter taste on the last day of the Commonwealth Games, dominated by the host country, Australia, with 80 medals.

Under a sun leaden and with 30 degrees of temperature, the runner who led the race with about two minutes in front of his pursuers suffered a first faint after two hours running.

After continuing the march, Callum Hawkins walked several meters staggering, before falling again, with two miles to go, without a gram of strength in the legs.

The controversy was born of the behavior of the spectators, accused of having taken pictures of the athlete when he was lying on the ground instead of having offered help.

“I’m worried about the behavior of a small group of spectators who preferred to take pictures,” lamented organizer Mark Peters, saying that this action is “against the spirit of the Games.”

Hawkins, 25, was finally taken to the hospital. His team later stated that his health condition was not worrisome.

Finally it was the Australian Michael Shelley who took the victory, after overtaking Callum Hawkins at the time of the arrival of the medical team.

The host country concluded the event with 80 medals, well ahead of England (45).

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