BMX rider 'bitterly disappointed' as he crashes at Olympics
BMX rider Liam Phillips says he is "bitterly disappointed"
after crashing out of the Olympics finals on Friday, ending his
23, qualified for the final after further good performances in
Friday's semi-final rounds - but he finished in last position
in the crucial final medal race folliwing an accident despite
a superb start.
had been running third or fourth but lost ground after coming
out of the starting gate too fast.
afterwards, Liam said: "I probably got the best start of
"But I overshot the second jump and probably the first."
"On the step up, Willoughby changed the way he was going
and I thought I was going to crash then, but I managed to unclip
and stay up."
"You can't compete with those guys if you make a mistake
like that. It's
a bitter disappointment to be right there in a podium position
at the start."
I'm pleased to have been here - ten weeks ago I was having surgery
on my shoulder with a broken collarbone and shoulder blade, bruised
ribs - but I defied all expections just to be here, let alone
be a contender so I'm pleased, although at the moment I'm disappointed."
family, friends and supporters were among the crowd of 6,000 people
at the track, who also included David Beckham and Prime Minister
The final was won by Latvia's Maris Strombergs.
23, was raised in Burnham-On-Sea and went to Highbridge's King
Alfred School. Both of his parents were involved in BMX and Liam's
father is a former national coach who helped to set up the Burnham
won his first European title in 1999, and represented Great Britain
at the 2008 Summer Olympics when he reached the BMX quarter finals
suffered a fractured collarbone in a fall at the 2012 BMX World
Championships in Birmingham earlier this year, but had surgery
and says he is back to full fitness and ready for action.
Liam crashed out of the Olympics final mid-way through the race
Liam limps home in last position - fortunately uninjured - after
Liam said he was "speechless" with the positive reception