Liam Killeen won't let past Games crashes haunt him

Liam Killeen - hoping for a less eventful Olympic race on Sunday

Liam Killeen - hoping for a less eventful Olympic race on Sunday

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MOUNTAIN biker Liam Killeen hopes to finally enjoy an incident free Olympic Games when he rides for Great Britain at Hadleigh Farm on Sunday.

The 30-year-old suffered crashes at both Athens in 2004 and Beijing four years later.

But that will not be playing on his mind this weekend.

“I'd be very surprised if I'm on the start line and I thinking back not forward,” said Killeen, the 2006 Commonwealth champion.

“I’ll be focused on that first corner and going through it as best I can.

“I actually look at my two Olympic races as pretty decent results under the circumstances.

“Athens was my first Games and I was fifth there after a bit of a hold-up in the first corner.

“Then in Beijing I was in medal-winning shape but unfortunately I had a crash quite early on, catching one of the marking posts right at the start of the race, and that set me back to seventh.

“But every race is different and I'll be vigilant at the start this time.”

Killeen also wants the Hadleigh crowd to enhance his performance.

Around 20,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.

And Killeen wants them all to be right behind him.

"I personally find the home crowd gives me a boost so I’m hoping it will again this time,” said Killeen.

“I had the opportunity to race the Commonwealth Games in Manchester back in 2002 and I can still remember it now.

“I had goosebumps going up all the big climbs. "It really lifted me big time and more of the same would be great at the weekend.

“But it’s a good, challenging course so I’m looking forward to the race and I think it’s going to be a really good spectacle.

“If you want to win then you’re going to have to take risks and the pace we're going at will be quite dangerous so it will be good fun for those watching and I’m sure they will enjoy it.”

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