Somerset's Olympic hope 'beyond devastated' after crash ends his dream of a medal

PUBLISHED: 13:08 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:08 19 August 2016

Liam Phillips with pupils from King Alfred School in Highbridge.

Liam Phillips with pupils from King Alfred School in Highbridge.

King Alfred School

Burnham-on-Sea's Liam Phillips has made an emotional statement after a crash ended his Olympic dreams yesterday (Thursday) in the men's BMX quarter-finals.

The 27-year-old looked to be in pole position for a medal after he took the lead in yesterday’s quarter-final but he collided with Latvia’s Maris Strombergs, the two-time defending champion, and Switzerland’s David Graf, at the first bend.

Having been released from hospital, Phillips has now taken to social media to express his disappointment and thank his coaches and girlfriend.

The statement read: “I’m not even going to try and sum up how I feel right now. I am beyond devastated and will be for some time, I am sure.

“It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I had hoped for (far from it) but that small group of people gave me the chance to give it a go.”

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