Callum Hawkins suffers heartbreaking defeat in the marathon in Doha
Callum Hawkins suffers heartbreaking defeat in Doha marathon as Brit finishes fourth despite leading into the final mile
- Callum Hawkins was looking to right the wrongs of past marathon heartbreaks
- The Scot finished 4th in London 2017 and collapsed on the Gold Coast in 2018
- In Doha, Hawkins was leading going into the final mile but fell to 4th place
- Hawkins had been preparing by running in his garden shed with Aldi heaters
Callum Hawkins’ battles with the final mile of the marathon got the better of him once again in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Scot had finished fourth at the World Championships in London in 2017 and collapsed with heat exhaustion after 25 miles while leading at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Here, in a superb run, he went to the front with less than a mile remaining. However, he was ultimately beaten into fourth again by the Ethiopian pair of Lelisa Desisa and Mosinet Geremew and Kenyan Amos Kipruto.
Callum Hawkins finished fourth in the excruciating desert heat out in Doha in the marathon
The Scot had been leading the race with a mile remaining but fell to fourth when he finished
Hawkins finished in 2hr 10min 57sec, just 17sec behind gold medallist Desisa.
Hawkins had prepared for the fierce desert heat by running on a treadmill in his garden shed, surrounded by heaters bought from Aldi.
‘I’m gutted,’ Hawkins said. ‘Maybe I just gave too much in the middle stages, but I couldn’t do any more.’