Commonwealth Games marathon runner Callum Hawkins leaves hospital

Scottish runner Callum Hawkins collapsed while closing on victory as sweltering conditions caused

Scottish runner Callum Hawkins collapsed while closing on victory as sweltering conditions caused

Callum Hawkins has been discharged from hospital to return to Scotland after collapsing during the Commonwealth Games marathon.

In one of the most distressing moments of the tournament, the 25-year-old collapsed while leading Sunday's marathon with just two kilometres to go to the finish line.

Hawkins was discharged on Monday, after spending the night at Gold Coast University Hospital.

Hawkins received treatment at Gold Coast University Hospital, with Team Scotland later revealing he was sitting up and speaking with family and medical staff.

Hawkins thanked medics and said: "It's great to be back with my team-mates".

Organisers have said they will investigate whether there was an excessive delay in getting help to Hawkins, who had managed to get up and run another couple of hundred metres before collapsing again, hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

Hawkins was going for his first major title, having come fourth in the World Championships past year.

"We would like to thank all the supporters and well-wishers for their kind messages of support and the care and concern that has been shown, particularly here on the Gold Coast".

There was an anxious wait before any assistance reached him, by which time Australia's Michael Shelley was passing the scene en route to gold.

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