BMX star Liam Phillips is 'beyond devastated'
BMX star Liam Phillips has made an emotional statement after a dramatic
crash ended his Rio Olympics dream on Thursday evening in the mens
27, got off to a great start after taking the lead in the first
race of the quarter final, but then he collided with Latvias
Maris Strombergs, the two-time defending champion, and Switzerlands
David Graf, just after the first bend of the track.
been released from hospital today, Liam posted a social media message
to express his disappointment and to thank his coaches and girlfriend.
said: "I'm not even going to try and sum up how I feel right
now. I'm beyond devastated and will be for some time I'm sure."
added: "62 days ago, I smashed my left collarbone into five
pieces. With the help of an unbelievable group of people and some
pretty hard yards, I got onto the start gate in the best shape possible
wasnt the fairy tale ending I'd hoped for (far from it) but
that small group of people gave me the opportunity to give it a
group includes some pretty special humans who I'm thankful to have
in my corner. Thank you to Mr Adam Watts for operating on me at
the drop of a hat. British Cycling staff Dr Richard Freeman, physios
Phil, Hannah and Heather, S&C Martin, Joffy, Ruth, and of course
the man that pulls it all together, my coach Grant."
my biggest thank you is to my girlfriend who put my head back on
when it fell off. I couldn't believe I was having surgery prior
to the Olympics again. It wasn't an easy few weeks. She did everything
to make sure every box was ticked and I could get back on the bike
ASAP to prepare for these Olympics Games."