Team GB’s Liam Phillips would have been eyeing a medal at the Rio Olympics in the BMX event.
However, his dreams are already over after a horrific crash during his first quarter-final race which Chris Hoy described as “pretty grim.”
Phillips attempted to squeeze on the outside of Switzerland’s David Graf but, after they both hit one of the bumps, the pair seemed to lose control of their bikes.
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They both fell off but that wasn’t the extent of the crash.
As Phillips lay on the side of the course, he was then smashed in the face by a fellow rider in an extremely nasty collision which saw Phillips fall about 10 feet down the side of the course.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Hoy described the crash in his commentary: “It was a really heavy impact. It looked pretty grim.”
While Graf was able to eventually jump back on to his bike and finish the race, Phillips, who won the 2013 UCI BMX World Champion, lay motionless as paramedics came to his aid before a stretcher was called for.
Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained meant he will be unable to compete in the second heat of the quarter-finals, meaning his hopes of winning a medal are over already.
We all hope he makes a speedy recovery.
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