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Edwards tips Idowu for Olympics

Phillips Idowu
Idowu travels to Beijing seeking gold at the third attempt

British triple jumper Phillips Idowu is finally ready to make his name on the biggest stage, according to former Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards.

The world indoor title holder heads to Beijing in a rich vein of form and as a genuine contender, hoping to emulate Edwards' own achievement in 2000.

It will be Idowu's third attempt to win an Olympic medal and Edwards says the time is right to succeed.

"I just feel more confident [about Idowu] than I have ever been," he said.

"We have gone into major championships before tipping Phillips to win a medal and he never has.

"But this time, I think he is ready to shoulder that burden and do it."

Even if he did virtually nothing between now and the Olympics, he could still go and win it because he is in such good shape
Jonathan Edwards
Idowu qualified comfortably for the triple jump final in the Athens Olympics only to record three no jumps, while in Sydney he came sixth behind Edward who won gold.

But more recently the 29-year-old Londoner set a new British indoor record in March, leaping 17.75m to claim his country's only victory at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.

Edwards has urged him to maintain the same level of preparation which has put him among the favourites in Beijing after a successful year which also included victory in the European Cup in France last weekend.

"He has got himself into fantastic shape," Edwards said. "He is the world indoor champion and nearly broke the indoor record and he has started the outdoor season very, very competitively.

"It is the most important competition you have to get ready for, but Phillips has to prepare in the same way he got ready for Valencia.

"He jumped far enough in Valencia to win the Olympic title. If he repeats that, that is all he has to focus on."

see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Athletics on the BBC
05 Nov 07 |  Athletics
Britain's athletes shine in France
22 Jun 08 |  Athletics
Idowu in triple jump rank boost
07 Jun 08 |  Athletics
Olympic gold or nothing for Idowu
06 Apr 08 |  Athletics
Idowu cools talk of Beijing gold
09 Mar 08 |  Athletics
Idowu leaps to triple jump gold
09 Mar 08 |  Athletics

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