August 18, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea BMX star Liam Phillips crashes out of the Olympics

Burnham-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips has dramatically crashed out of the Rio Olympics quarter-finals this evening (Thursday).

Liam suffered a heavy fall after initially making a great start in the first race of the quarter finals.

He was involved in a dramatic collision with several riders just after the first bend and was left dazed at the side of the cycling track.

After several minutes, he managed to get up and walk away, holding his collarbone, which he has previously broken several times before.

The 27 year-old BMX cyclist - who is a former pupil of Berrow School and Highbridge's King Alfred School - had hoped to progress into Friday's semi-finals.

Three hours after the incidemt, he Tweeted: "I'm OK. Thanks for all the messages."

Burnham and Highbride's Mayor, Michael Clarke, said: "Liam has done us proud in representing Team GB at the Olympics. It's been a huge achievement to get there and I wish him a speedy recovery after his fall."

BBC commentator and former Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy said: "We all had big hopes for Liam - it's so sad to see him go out."


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