Last Updated: 11/08/12 11:42am
Liam Phillips: Saw his luck run out in the final after a strong campaign
Britain's Liam Phillips crashed out of the men's BMX final at the Olympic Games following a strong start.
The 23-year-old from Burnham-on-Sea was quick out of the gate but came unstuck during the final run, losing momentum and forced to unclip from his pedal before crashing.
The Brit was uninjured but the result did not reflect a strong three-day campaign which saw Phillips consistent through both qualifying and his heats.
"It's unfortunate I crashed, because I was in a medal spot, but I take a lot of confidence from this," said Phillips.
"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.
"I went out there did my best and I won't lose any sleep. I know if you ran that race 10 times there would be 10 different outcomes. That's BMX."
Despite appearing to be struggling during various points in the motos it was Beijing champion Maris Strombergs who would claim gold, the Latvian emerging from the carnage a comfortable winner.
Disappointment for Phillips came hot on the heels of a below-par showing for team-mate Shanaze Reade at the London 2012 Velopark, a bad start confining the Brit to sixth in the final.
Australia's Sam Willoughby and Carlos Mario Oquendo (Colombia) rounded out the podium after an exciting day of racing.
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