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Idowu arrives at stadium amid fitness speculation

Phillips Idowu is set to bid for a medal in the triple jump. Credit: PA Wire

Phillips Idowu was at the Olympic Stadium this morning as he warmed up for triple jump qualifying.

There has been speculation over the Beijing silver medallist's fitness following his late withdrawal from the Olympic trials and last month's London Grand Prix, when he pulled out just 25 minutes before the competition was due to start.

BOA receives Idowu's medical records

Today, we have received from the medical professionals working with Phillips Idowu the information that has been requested with regard to his injury and ongoing treatment.

This information will be kept confidential with the Team GB Chief Medical Officer.

We will continue to liaise with and support the professionals who are working with Phillips to ensure he has the support he needs in his treatment.

– British Olympic Association


Idowu's agent says he's 'incredibly disappointed' at BOA

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu's agent has issued a statement today saying that he is "incredibly disappointed" at the British Olympic Association for making a public request to see his medical records. Idowu did not travel to the Team GB training camp in Portugal citing an injury concern.

Idowu's latest problems reportedly relate to a hip injury which forced him to pull out of the Aviva Grand Prix at Crystal Palace 10 days ago. Jonathan Marks told BBC Spot:

He's incredibly disappointed and surprised as to why the BOA has chosen to do this. I can't understand the benefit to the athlete.

We are more than happy to send the BOA the medical records. Phillips is an athlete who's proven that if he gets to the start line then he is one of those athletes who can win a medal.


Idowu Olympic fitness fears could end home gold dream

Hackney-born Phillips Idowu is desperate to make the home Games for his last chance to finally land an Olympic gold.

The 33-year-old had been favourite - as the then World Indoor Champion - to win the Men's Triple Jump four years ago in Beijing, but missed out by just five centimetres.

Phillips Idowu narrowly missed out on gold in Beijing. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Idowu bounced back to be crowned World Champion a year later, but has raised doubts over his ability to reign supreme this summer amid fears over his fitness in the past two months.

He last competed on June 1 in Oregon, when he took three jumps before sitting out the rest of the competition.

He subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials in Birmingham before pulling out of the London Grand Prix with a hip problem he felt while warming up.

August 7 is the date of triple jump qualifying at the London Games, meaning Idowu is quickly running out of time to get himself in top shape.

BOA confirms request to see Idowu medical records

Phillips Idowu, one of the Team GB's top medal hopes, is due to compete on August 7.

His coach Aston Moore said he has chosen to stay in London for treatment from a private physiotherapist on his hip.

But the BOA told the Press Association that they have requested further details of the injury.

Our chief medical officer Dr Ian McCurdie wrote to Phillips and his agent yesterday asking that he provide to Dr McCurdie the relevant medical records relating to his injury and the treatment he is currently receiving.

Those should be provided to our chief medical officer on a confidential basis.

The basis for doing this is a clause in our team members' agreement that says athletes are required to provide details of any injury or illness that may impact on their performance during the Games.

– BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel

BOA write to Idowu for injury details

Phillips Idowu carried the Olympic Flame on Saturday. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

The British Olympic Association have written to triple jumper Phillips Idowu asking for details about the hip injury that has cast doubt on his chances for the Games.

Idowu, 33, failed to travel to a training camp in Portugal yesterday prompting the BOA to seek clarification about his injury.