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Exhausted Callum Hawkins pulls out of Tokyo 2020 marathon and Staff GB star says ‘I would like a beer’

SHATTERED Callum Hawkins hit the booze after ending his Olympics in a wheelchair.

Scotland’s main marathon runner didn’t full a gruelling males’s race in Sapporo and wanted medical consideration after pulling out.

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A number of athletes failed to complete a gruelling males’s marathonCredit: AP

Hawkins, 29, blamed the poor exhibiting on an ankle damage not the warmth, and he lamented: “I would like a beer!

“I did not battle an excessive amount of with the situations, it was heat and you would really feel it.

“But it surely was my ankle that I have been coping with for the previous yr that went. I stored getting slower, couldn’t put any energy by way of my ankle.

“I in all probability went by way of a little bit of a nasty patch at 18-19km, after which from there my ankle simply acquired worse and worse.

“I’d’ve simply ended up hurting it extra and being again the place I used to be final yr, and I can’t do one other yr like that.

“It’s simply been a very dangerous yr for me. The final six weeks I’ve managed to complete like two classes.

“I don’t know what occurred, whether or not it was sickness or a nasty response to one thing, nevertheless it’s been a tricky yr.”

New dad Chris Thompson, 40, positioned 54th with a time of two:21:29 in his ultimate marathon.

Derby-born Ben Connor, 28, was certainly one of 30 runners that didn’t full the 26.2-mile course.

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Victory went to Eliud Kipchoge in a time of two:08:38 because the Kenyan underlined his standing as the best marathon runner this century.

Marathon world-record holder Kipchoge, 36, grew to become the third man to defend the Olympic title and he mentioned: “Tokyo 2020 has occurred. It means there may be hope.

“It means we’re heading in the right direction to our regular lives. Covid-19 will go – that’s the that means of the Olympics.”

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