Phillips philosophical following BMX final
August 10, 2012 18:22 pm
Liam Phillips came home eighth in the men's BMX final at the Olympics after unclipping from his pedal in mid-air before crashing on the penultimate corner.
The British cyclist, who suffered a broken collarbone at the BMX World Championships in Birmingham at the end of May, was quite philosophical about his display as Maris Strombergs of Latvia successfully defended his title, with Sam Willoughby of Australia second and Carlos Oquendo of Colombia third.
The 23-year-old from Burnham-on-Sea said: "I had the start of my life. I overshot the second jump, which kind of killed me a little bit. I don't really know what happened from then on.
"He (Willoughby) jumped further to the inside and hit my front wheel. It was either I took my foot out and kept upright or risk it and I would probably have ended up on the deck a bit sooner.
"I put my foot back on the pedal, but couldn't get clipped in and through that technical section I went down. I'm not too disappointed. I came into competition after shoulder surgery 10 weeks ago.
"I went out there, did my best and I won't lose any sleep tonight. I know if you ran that race 10 times there would be 10 different outcomes. That's BMX."
Despite his eighth-placed finish in the final, Phillips was content with his overall display.
"It's unfortunate I crashed, because I was in a medal spot, but I take a lot of confidence from this," he added. "I'd like to think everyone here will be proud of the way I rode, I'm certainly proud and we'll go again in four years' time.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the competition. It was everything I thought it would be.
"I'm just extremely grateful I managed to come here and perform how I'd have liked to perform. Unfortunately I didn't get the result, but there's nothing I can do about it."
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