Edwards backs Idowu for Olympic success

15 May 2012 / 17:06

Triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards hopes Phillips Idowu's experience can help him to Olympic success like it did him 12 years earlier.

The Hackney-born athlete is one of the most recognisable faces in the British team and will be hoping to improve on the silver medal he collected at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Idowu is one of the most experienced athletes in the field at the age of 33 and heads to the Games in a similar position to Edwards when he won gold in Sydney.

"I think he will [deal with the pressure of a home Games]," he said, speaking at the launch of the BBC's Olympics coverage. "Four years ago I don't think he would have been able to, which is why I think Beijing was so important.

"I think he is ready to deal with that now and the thing with Phillips is that he will get the most out of himself on the day. It is just whether that is enough to beat the young guys because he is 33.

"Funnily enough, it is exactly the same position I was in bar one year because I got silver in Atlanta and then gold in Sydney at 34. He is one year younger than me at the previous Games so fingers crossed it is a good omen.

"I know he was disappointed with Beijing but I don't think he should have been.

"It was the first time he had won a world outdoor medal at an Olympics or World Championships so I think that has given him the confidence to do what he has done the last three years.

"Of all the competitors, he will be the most experienced and the most ready to deal with the challenge of an Olympic final.

"He has got three other athletes that I think are inherently more talented than him in Christian Taylor, Will Claye and Teddy Tamgho, but I think it is just how they deal with the pressure on the day. I think Philips is best placed to deal with that."