26, 2015 Bad
weather halts Burnham BMX star Liam Phillips' world title hopes
BMX cyclist Liam Phillips fought hard but could not win a second
UCI BMX World Championship title in horrendous conditions in Belgium
on Saturday (July 25th).
uncharacteristically slow start in the final cost Liam - who was
the 2013 world champion - and he finished fifth as strong winds
and heavy rain battered the circuit and forced the racing programme
to be reduced.
really disappointed in the fact that I didnt have a good
start in a world championship final," Liam said afterwards.
proven over the last few years that I can deliver under those
high pressure situations."
of the result, the most frustrating thing is that I wasnt
able to deliver in those circumstances and thats a bitter
pill to swallow to be honest. I was right there and I felt like
that race was there to win, I really did."
rain and wind in the morning forced organisers to cut the racing
down and bring the start time forward by one hour, with just one
moto heat instead of the normal three making every round into
a straight knockout.
worsened as the racing went on with standing water on the track
and strong winds making for testing conditions for riders.
had won his three races on route to the final eight but mistimed
his start in the final. The 26-year-old fought back but could
not contest the medal positions.
has been an active member of Burnham BMX Club since the age of
four and represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
and 2012 London Olympics. He is a former pupil of Berrow School
and Highbridge's King Alfred School.
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