Liam Phillips crowned BMX world champion with dominant display in Auckland
Last Updated: 29/07/13 1:00pm
Liam Phillips won all of his races on the way to claiming the world title
Liam Phillips has been crowned BMX world champion ahead of New Zealand's Marc Willers and Germany's Luis Brethauer in Auckland.
Phillips, who finished eighth in the men's BMX final at last summer's Olympics, crossed the line in a time of 23.280 seconds, with Willers second in 23.492sec and Brethauer third in 24.377sec.
The 24-year-old Briton won every race on the way to the world championship final, including all three of his moto heats plus last-16, quarter and semi-finals.
Phillips stopped the clock in 23.280 seconds
British Cycling Olympic BMX coach Grant White told britishcycling.org.uk: "It is phenomenal and he had done the work. Once you have done the work, you are prepared and you can sit there with a bit of confidence.
"He had done the work to be successful and that is over a long period of time. That is not over the last few months - that is over the last couple of years. He knew he had had a great preparation over the last 12 months and he delivered.
"It is a culmination of everything. We knew he was in the best shape of his life and [he] came here and delivered. It is unbelievable, fantastic.
"This year he knows he is capable and he has got the package. He put it all together today."