Moment British athlete Hayley Carruthers collapses just before finish of London Marathon before bravely crawling the last few yards to complete her personal best
- The 25-year-old athlete dramatically fell to the ground and crawled over the line at the end of Sunday’s race
- Despite her legs giving out Carruthers managed to record a personal best time by finishing it in 2:34:03
- Footage shows her struggling to stand as she falls down just a metre from the end of the gruelling marathon
This is the shocking moment a professional marathon runner collapses on the finish line of the London Marathon at the end of the brutally draining race.
British athlete Hayley Carruthers, 25, was left flailing in pain just a meter short of the end of the race as her legs dramatically gave out in the closing stages of Sunday’s marathon.
Despite the shocking end to her race, Carruthers still managed to achieve a personal best time.
Great Britain’s Hayley Carruthers collapses on the finish line in the women’s race on Sunday afternoon
After falling over near the finish line Carruthers then heroically crawled on her hands and knees towards the line to record her personal best
She finished in 2:34:03, nearly a quarter of an hour behind the winner of the women’s race, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei – who finished in 2:18:20.
Pictures showed Carruthers being carried away on a stretcher to receive treatment.
Elsewhere in the race Sir Mo Farah ended a torrid week by failing to win his maiden victory in the men’s section.
Farah could not live with the extraordinary Eliud Kipchoge who romped to a record fourth victory.
Farah’s preparations were marred by Wednesday’s explosive row with former distance star Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in the hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian.
Gebrselassie, 46, responded to Farah’s claims with an astonishing statement alleging ‘multiple reports of disgraceful conduct’ by the four-time Olympic champion and his entourage.
Farah’s camp insisted the unwelcome headlines would not affect the 36-year-old, and there was certainly no disgrace in finishing fifth in a time of two hours, five minutes and 39 seconds.
Carruthers lies on the ground after crawling over the finish line as volunteers and doctors rush to her aid in the middle of the track
Paramedics arrived at the finish line shortly after to put her on a stretcher and carry her away to receive further treatment after the race