Van Commenee not worried by Idowu withdrawal

22 June 2012 / 21:40

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee claims he is not concerned about the fitness of Phillips Idowu after the former world triple jump champion became the latest athlete to pull out of the Olympic trials in Birmingham on Friday.

Idowu has competed just three times in 2012 and suffered an unspecified injury on his last appearance, which was in the Diamond League meeting in Oregon on June 2.

The 33-year-old struggled to hit top form with leaps of 16.43 metres and 17.05m before injuring himself when he fouled with his third attempt. He took no further part in the competition.

Idowu, who subsequently withdrew from the Bislett Games in Oslo, had previously been unbeaten this year with winning leaps of 17.24m and 17.31m in Shanghai and Hengelo.

Van Commenee - who is still not speaking to Idowu after a row over the latter's withdrawal from the European Team Championships last summer - said the Londoner is aiming to compete at the London Grand Prix on July 13-14, but declined to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality".

By not competing at the trials, Idowu will have to rely on a discretionary place on the team, but that will be a formality if he is fit, with Van Commenee adding: "It's not a worry. He is selectable."