Commonwealth Games organisers have been heavily criticised after Scottish marathoner Callum Hawkins collapsed in scary circumstances just over two kilometres from the finish line.
Hawkins was leading the race by well over two minutes as he crossed the 40km mark on Sunday morning, but fell to the ground in sweltering conditions and couldn't continue.
The 25-year-old was then left on the ground for well over a minute and a half before any kind of medical assistance showed up.
Australian runner Michael Shelley passed Hawkins two minutes after he fell, and went on to win the race.
Hawkins received medical assistance on course, with Team Scotland issuing a release confirming he wouldn't face any serious health risks.
"We are very pleased to report that Callum is sitting up and speaking with his Dad and Team Scotland medical staff," the release said.
"He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery."
But, serious questions are being asked about the timing of the start of the race, and the amount of time it took for medics to arrive by Hawkins' side.
Channel Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney was the first to express concern.
"An athlete works all their life to win gold medals, but there's one thing more important than that though," McAvaney said.
"No. He should be assisted now. No. He needs to be ... this is distressing. Incredibly distressing, and he needs to be helped.
"Somebody now should come and help him."
But it was still 90-seconds before anyone arrived on the scene.
Former marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, who was commentating on the BBC, raised "serious questions" over the incident, while former British track star Steve Cram was very critical of the organisers.
"He hit his head on the barrier. I’m sorry if you’re watching this at home, it’s really distressing," Cram said.
"He’s going to hurt himself and there’s nobody anywhere near. We should have some more medical attention.”
“This is a guy in real distress and someone needs to recognise it for his health at this point. Where on earth is the help? You cannot just wait at the finish line. They’ve got radios. And finally somebody arrives. I think it’s disgraceful.”
In addition to the slow resonse to Hawkins' collapse, pundits and experts questioned the 8:15am start time for the race. By 9:00, temperatures on the Gold Coast were soaring, and Hawkins wasn't the only athlete in distress.
Shelley had slowed considerably by the finish line, while Namibian runner, Namupala Reonard's body shut down less than an hour into the race.
Games organisers later issued a release saying the health and safety of all athletes was paramount.
"I like many others was distressed to see a wonderful athlete like Callum collapse during the closing stages of today’s Marathon,” Commonwealth Games organiser Mark Peters said.
“We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland.
“GOLDOC has put in place a wide range of measures to ensure athlete welfare and the response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and timeframes.
“I was also concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images. This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018."
Shelley won gold, ahead of Uganda's Munyo Mutai and Scotland's Robbie Simpson.
In the women's race, Namibian Helalia Johannes claimed the win, with Aussies Lise Weightman and Jess Trengove taking out silver and bronze.
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