Shanaze Reade: 'Poor start cost me a medal'

Reade: 'Poor start cost me'
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Shanaze Reade points to her poor start as the reason behind her failure to medal in the women's BMX final.

Team GB's Shanaze Reade has pointed to her poor start as the main reason that she didn't medal in the women's BMX final.

Reade, who was considered a genuine medal hope, finished sixth as Mariana Pajon claimed victory to win Colombia's second ever summer Olympic gold medal.

"I just didn't get the start I needed to win the race and that was it," she said.

"Today's schedule has been pretty hard. I just tried to stay focused and do my best and today it just wasn't good enough.

"At the moment, I'm pretty emotionless. I'm sure it'll sink in. I can't thank all these people enough for supporting me and I don't really know what to say."

Great Britain's Liam Phillips also failed to medal after falling in the men's final, which was won by defending champion Maris Strombergs of Latvia.

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