Liam Phillips released from hospital after nasty crash ends his Olympic dream
PUBLISHED: 09:59 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:58 19 August 2016
Somerset’s Liam Phillips has been released from hospital after suffering concussion in a nasty crash in the men’s BMX quarter-finals at the Olympics last night (Thursday).
The 27-year-old, from Burnham-on-Sea, had high hopes for a medal for Team GB but his first run in the quarter-finals ended in disaster - and left him unable to continue.
He had taken an early lead but collided with Latvia’s Maris Strombergs, the two-time defending champion, and Switzerland’s David Graf, at the first bend, sending them all tumbling.
The former King Alfred School pupil stayed down for several minutes but was eventually able to walk off the track.
But Phillips has since been released from hospital in Rio and tweeted fans to say he is alright.
Phillips was an Olympic finalist in 2012, world champion in 2013 and World Cup series winner in 2014 and 2015.