Idowu withdraws from triple jump

14 July 2012 / 16:06

Phillips Idowu has pulled out of the triple jump at the Aviva London Grand Prix - just three days after insisting injury was not behind his long lay-off this season.

Olympic silver medallist Idowu has competed just three times in 2012, with his last appearance coming in Eugene, Oregon on June 1. He struggled to hit top form in that event with leaps of 16.43 metres and 17.05m before a foul in the third round, after which he took no further part in the competition.

The 33-year-old subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials in Birmingham, with UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee declining to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality".

Idowu claimed on Wednesday he had never mentioned an injury and was happen to let the "rumour mill stir itself," but has pulled out of the competition at Crystal Palace just 25 minutes before it was due to start with a hip problem.