Commonwealth Games: Callum Hawkins thanks fans from hospital bed

Callum Hawkins thanked fans for their support. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Callum Hawkins thanked fans for their support. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images
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Callum Hawkins said he was feeling “much better” in a statement released from his hospital bed following his collapse towards the end of the men’s marathon on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Scot fell while leading with a mile-and-a-half left and was struggling on the ground for several minutes in the heat before eventually being helped into an ambulance.

Hawkins, speaking from hospital, said: “Thanks for all your messages of support today and to the Gold Coast University Hospital staff. I am now feeling much better.”

The Scotland team released a statement which revealed that Hawkins will be kept in hospital overnight as a precaution before follow-up checks by its medical team on Monday.

The statement read: “Team Scotland is pleased to confirm that Callum Hawkins continues to make a good recovery from the heat exhaustion and subsequent collapse he experienced during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Marathon today.

“He will remain in Gold Coast University Hospital overnight as a precaution and will be assessed again in the morning by our medical team.”

Hawkins was visibly struggling before falling and banging his head against a barrier. Once he was on the ground, it took several minutes for medical help to arrive.

Team Scotland’s statement continued: “Whilst Callum’s recovery is our clear priority, we are still reviewing the circumstances of today’s race with GOLDOC and the CGF to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all athletes remains paramount.

“We would like to thank all the supporters and well-wishers, both here in Australia and back in Scotland for their messages of concern and best wishes having witnessed the distressing images today.”

Scotland 400 metres hurdler Eilidh Doyle tweeted to say she was “heartbroken” for Hawkins and delighted for his team-mate Robbie Simpson who won the bronze medal.

BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram said it was “disgraceful” that it took so long for paramedics to attend to Hawkins.

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