Callum Hawkins has “lots of opportunities ahead for him” according to Liz McColgan. The Scottish running legend took to Twitter to praise 25-year-old Hawkins following his impressive performance in the Men’s Marathon at day 3 (6 August) of the IAAF World Championships.
The Kilbarchan AAC runner’s PB time of 2:10:17 saw him equal the best performance by a British athlete in the event as he finished fourth.
Callum described the result as “bittersweet”, saying: “I was hoping to maybe sneak a medal. As we go on I’ll maybe feel a little bit better and appreciate what I’ve done.
“There’s a lot of positives going forward. I’m still relatively young in the marathon game – I’m only 25. They say it’s near your 30s when you’re at your peak. So hopefully I can keep going and keep the upward curve I’ve got going at the moment.”
Callum, who only ran his first marathon in Frankfurt in 2015, led the pack intermittently through the first half of the race before the leaders made a big surge. Still, Callum gradually moved up the pack, to cross the finish line just 26 seconds behinds third-placed Alphonce Simbu of Tanzania.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui took gold with a season’s best of 2:08:27, following a testing battle with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola (2:09:49) over the four-loop course. The Ethiopian required medical treatment after finishing just two seconds ahead of Simbu (2:09:51).
With Sir Mo Farah set to join Callum on the roads soon as he moves to the marathon distance, Callum (jokingly) had this message for him: “Hopefully he’ll see my back!” On the evidence of Sunday’s performance, he won’t be the only one…