BMX rider makes solid start at London Olympics
BMX rider Liam Phillips got off to a great start in his bid for
a medal at the London Olympics on Wednesday (August 8th).
23, finished in 12th position in the men's BMX seeding run for
the knock-out phase of the competition, with fellow British rider
Shanaze Reade also qualifying in fifth spot.
Olympic champion Maris Strombergs finished in 11th place, just
one place better than Liam.
on Liam at the event were his family, friends and supporters,
who will now be eagerly watching his progress in the next round
at 3pm on Thursday, hoping he will progress to the semi-finals
and final on Friday.
- who is the world No. 50 - achieved the fastest qualifying time
of 38.719 seconds after coming out seventh, but he quickly tumbled
down the standings ahead of the quarter final.
eventually finished 12th, with Dutchman Raymon van der Biezen
qualifying as No.1 nearly half a second ahead of Joris Daudet.
The seedings dictate the gate places for each of the knock-out
and the other riders will now go into a five-round quarter final,
with the best two riders from the first three races going through
to the semi-final, and the best two riders from the remaining
races joining them.
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 now back to full fitness and ready for action.
He was selected for Team GB in June, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported