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Idowu crashes out of triple jump

ESPN staff
August 7, 2012
There was deep frustration for Phillips Idowu at London 2012 © PA Photos

Phillips Idowu's appearance at London 2012 was a brief one as he failed to qualify for the final of the triple jump.

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Described as the invisible man by UK athletics chiefs for his failure to stay in contact amid concerns over his fitness, Idowu finally arrived at the Olympics village on the eve of qualifying.

He entered the Olympic Stadium to a tremendous ovation, but it failed to inspire him to secure a place in the final.

He looked tentative in his first leap of 16.47 metres which was followed by a no-jump. He needed to post 16.57m in his final jump to make the final and he had the crowd on his side as he whipped them up at the end of the lane.

His run-up was better and there was more conviction in the transition phases, but it only propelled him out to 16.53m. The leap moved him up the standings to 13th, but it was not enough for a place in the final.

"I have competed for 12 years and I can't remember when I have performed that badly," Idowu said. "I had a decent hope and step but could not get that final phase."

Julia Bleasdale secured automatic qualification into the final of the 5000m, while Jo Pavey's time of 15:02.84 was enough to take her into the final.

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