He was disappointed for his teammate after seeing the state he was in when he went past at the 40km mark.
Leading the marathon with only a few kilometres to go, Callum Hawkins' body simply would not let him finish. "Somebody please come and help him".
She was part of the chasing medal group for much of the race but was detatched and edged off the podium as Australia's Madison de Rozario took gold. Hawkins had about a two-minute lead over Shelley but became disoriented in the humid conditions.
There was an anxious wait before any assistance reached Hawkins, by which time Australia's Michael Shelley was passing the scene on his way to winning gold. Hawkins, who was fourth at the World Championships a year ago, was reported one hour after the race to be conscious. The Scotsman got back on his feet and continued racing before collapsing again, this time hitting his head on a roadside barrier.
Team Scotland later confirmed that Hawkins had been taken to hospital for medical review "as is standard procedure".
Commentating on the race, BBC's chief athletics correspondent Steve Cram said it was a "disgrace" that it took so long for paramedics to attend to Hawkins. He's going to hurt himself and there's nobody anywhere near.
"Where on earth is the help?" he said.
According to GOLDOC, medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course, and were equipped with radio communications. "I think it's disgraceful".
Hawkins eventually crashed into the railing on the side of a Gold Coast bridge less than 2km out from what would have been a gold medal.
"I would rather win a medal at a championship race than run a quick time".
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His father (and coach) Robert Hawkins was a top distance runner.
At this morning's daily media briefing, a veteran British athletics journalist questioned Peters why it took "so long" to get a medic, saying: "It looked like a matter of life and death. there's a lot of angry people on the internet right now'".
"I'm absolutely delighted to get the bronze but I'm disappointed for Callum who couldn't make it to the end because he was going so well", said Simpson. "Callum Hawkins who has demolished this field is completely and utterly distressed", McAvaney said. They might have just been trying to encourage me but then I saw him on the bridge and I was aware he was in trouble but I just tried to hang on.
"Words can't express what we felt; having seen him take that almost two-minute lead, then he started to wobble down at the beach". When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone.
Shelley had slowed considerably by the finish line, while Namibian runner, Namupala Reonard's body shut down less than an hour into the race. But at the same time I wasn't feeling that great myself and thinking I need to get to the line before the same thing happens to me and hold on to a medal.
There were also heat problems at the women's marathon, with exhausted bronze medallist Jess Trengrove of Australia put in a wheelchair at the finish.
Ugandan Munyo Mutai took the silver in 2:19.02, with Scotland's Robbie Simpson claiming bronze in 2:19.36.
Finally a local intervened, wrapping his arms around Peters to end the agony.
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