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Phillips Idowu

Full name: Phillips Olaosebikan Idowu
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (197 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: December 30, 1978 in Hackney, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Belgrave Harriers, Wimbledon (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Originally more famous for his ever-changing hair colour, piercings and unusual dress sense, Phillips Idowu developed relatively late in his career from being a talented but erratic performer to being one of the most consistent triple jumpers of his generation. Born in London to Nigerian parents, he initially divided his sporting interests between athletics, basketball and American football before choosing to concentrate on the triple jump. Idowu emerged as a serious force in the event in 2000 when he finished sixth in his first Olympic Games. The 2002 Commonwealth Games saw Idowu win the silver medal behind compatriot Jonathan Edwards but his upward momentum was broken when he had to sit out 2003 due to a knee injury. After Edwards' retirement Idowu found himself as the British #1 but he could not emulate Edwards' Sydney Olympic victory in 2004, He did reach the final in Athens and produced a series of three long jumps but each one was adjudged a foul and he failed to make the cut for another three jumps. He continued his affinity with the Commonwealth Games when he won the triple jump at the 2006 edition in Melbourne but it was not until 2008 that he became a major player on the world scene. Idowu began his improvement by winning the European Indoor Championships and, after a series of fine performances over the summer, arrived in Beijing as one of the leading medal contenders. He led the qualifying competition and was leading the final at the half way stage before being overhauled by Nelson Evora and having to settle for the silver. By now in his 30s, Idowu continued his improved form and won the 2009 World Championships and 2010 European Championship title. The latter was won in a new personal best of 17.81 m. Although he was unable to defend his world title in 2011 he still took the silver medal in the event and remains one of the world's top performers.

Personal Best: TJ – 17.75i (2008).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR 6
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR AC r2/2
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR 14 r1/2

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD W
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round 6 17.08
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 5 16.97
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 7 foul 16.97
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 7 16.83 16.97
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 6 17.08 17.08
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 6 foul 17.08
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six NP foul
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 2T QU 17.12 NM
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 1T 17.12 NM
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1T 17.12
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1T pass 17.12
2000 Summer 21 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Round AC NM
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One NP foul
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two NP foul NM
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three NP foul NM
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 4 QU 17.33  
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2 17.33  
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 17.33
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 pass 17.33
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2 17.62
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 1 17.51
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 3 17.31 17.51
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 1 17.62 17.62
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 2 foul 17.62
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 2 17.26 17.62
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six 5 16.41
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1 QU 17.44
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1 17.44
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 17.44
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 14 16.53
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 8 16.53
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 6 16.47 -0.7
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 10T x +0.9
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 4 16.53 -1.0
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