Idowu apologises after withdrawal
Phillips Idowu was sorry he withdrew from the triple jump in Crystal Palace
Phillips Idowu apologised for pulling out of the triple jump at the Aviva London Grand Prix - just three days after insisting injury was not behind his long lay-off this season.
Olympic silver medallist Idowu has competed just three times in 2012, with his last appearance coming in Oregon on June 1, when he took three jumps before sitting out the rest of the competition. The 33-year-old subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials in Birmingham.
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee declined to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality". Idowu claimed he had never mentioned an injury and was happy to let the "rumour mill stir itself", but pulled out of the competition at Crystal Palace just 25 minutes before it was due to start with a hip problem he felt while warming up.
He wrote on Twitter: "Hey guys, sorry to have to pull out of #ALGP, slight bit of muscle tightness. I will be fine in a day or 2. Hope the other jumpers put on a great show for you. See you 7th aug. thanks for your support."
August 7 is the date of triple jump qualifying at the London Olympics, meaning Idowu has just 23 days to get himself in top shape.
The Londoner said he pulled out of the competition in Oregon because slipping on the wet board had put "the fear of God" into him, and Jonathan Edwards felt Idowu probably "didn't fancy" facing similar conditions in London.
"When I turned up at the track this morning, I asked myself 'Would I have wanted to jump today?' and the answer was no," the former Olympic champion and world record holder said on the BBC.
"Phillips probably didn't fancy it, but there is nothing to worry about. It's cold, damp and he doesn't want to take any risks. We will forgive him everything if he jumps well in London."
Ross Murray was an impressive second in the Emsley Carr mile in 3:52.77, while hurdles specialist Jack Green won the national 400m flat race in 45.99, a second personal best in the space of 24 hours.
Green was not thrilled with the time but added: "I won the race though and beat the two guys in the relay pool so hopefully that stands me in good stead for the 4x400m relay in the Olympics."
Love it when the racists comment on sport...and wonder when you choose an all white team why 'True Brit's win nothing....over-hyped, over-paid, over-rated...best example Rooney fever Euro 2012...what a let down.
Idowu, probably thought why the hell am I running for Britain...its not 'my country' the recent marketing of the Olympics looks to concentrate on sports of no real concern to me or most track and field fans.....look forward to Britain winning gold in sweeping the floor...because black sports people are waking up and they don't want to play on the losing team anymore.
don't care where he was born, if he has English heritage in him and he's bloomin good at his sport then that's fine by me - plus he's as cute as hell - must be the piercings!!! It's OK Philips - I forgive you - just do us proud at the Olympics that's all I ask. Good Luck sweet cheeks.