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BMX – Brits Crash Out in Birmingham Whilst French Dominate.

BMX rider races in a professional competition. Nothing demonstrates just how important the role of luck is in professional BMX more than the performance of British Olympic hopefuls, Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade at the World Championship in Birmingham over the weekend. Both riders had started out confidently, claiming silver medals in the time trials that preceded the championship races, but both also went onto to crash out of the main competition, bringing back painful memories of the missed opportunities of Beijing 2008.
Liam Phillips suffered a particularly devastating fall, tumbling over his handlebars and landing awkwardly. It was later confirmed that he sustained a broken collarbone as a result of the crash, causing some pundits to speculate that his place at the London Olympic Games was now in jeopardy. As host nation, Great Britain will automatically receive a men’s slot and a women’s slot at the Olympic BMX event, though this will be little consolation to Phillips if he is unable to compete due to physical injury.
Reade had breezed through the qualifiers for the Super X Championship race, demonstrating the immense riding abilities that have made her famous, but a fall on the first corner of the track in quarter finals saw her ousted from the competition. The 23-year-old athlete from Crewe was gallant in her efforts to recover from the early setback, though sadly she was unable to find a way back in to the front four riders and consequently did not progress on to the semi-finals.
Whilst the British riders may have come away from the Championships licking their wounds, the Aussies were jubilant, having seized the elite men’s title with a stunning performance from Sam Willoughby. However, it was the French team who proved themselves the strongest contenders, dominating the top slots of the 2012 rankings. In the elite women’s category, Magalie Pottier was crowned Champion, followed by fellow French rider Eva Ailloud, who took silver. In the elite men’s category, Joris Daudet came in in second place, hotly pursued by teammate Moana Moo Caille.

Tags: 2012 Olympic Games, Birmingham, BMX, Eva Ailloud, Joris Daudet, Liam Phillips, London Olympics, Magalie Pottier, Moana Moo Caille, Sam Willoughby, Shanaze Reade, Team GB, UCI BMX World Championships 2012

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