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Phillips Idowu 'forced' leave house in a hurry

Appearing today at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court Idowu was also ordered to complete community service. His solicitor, Joe Life, told the court he had been out with friends the previous night and returned home to bed.

He just got in the car because circumstances forced him to leave the house in a hurry and he was driving a short distance.

He planned to stay at a hotel which was under a mile away to get away from the circumstances which had unfolded at the house.

– Joe Life, Solicitor

Idowu was banned from driving for 24 months and must pay a fine of £145 and £85 costs.

Former Olympic triple jumper banned for drink-driving

Former Olympic triple jumper Phillips Idowu has been banned from driving after magistrates in Essex heard that an "emergency" forced him to drive while drunk. The 34-year-old, from Epping, pleaded guilty to driving his Land Rover while two and a half times the legal alcohol limit.

Phillips Idowu seen in the men's triple jump event at the Olympic stadium in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Phillips Idowu crashes out of triple jump

Phillips Idowu failed to jump far enough to qualify Credit: PA

Hackney's Phillips Idowu, the so-called "Invisible Man" of British athletics, crashed out of the Olympic triple jump today.

The controversial 33-year-old Beijing silver medallist failed to jump far enough to qualify automatically for Thursday's final.

Idowu, who is suffering from a trapped nerve and has been in dispute with British athletics bosses, only arrived at the athletes' village on Sunday.


Phillips Idowu bats away injury rumours

Athletics fans will flock to Crystal Palace this weekend to see Britain's Olympic hopefuls take on some of the world's best athletes at the London Grand Prix.

Tomorrow, they will see the return of Hackney's Phillips Idowu in the triple jump.

He has been taking a break from competition over the last few weeks but is determined to show his best form in London.

Sally Williams reports.