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World Champion Phillips Idowu out of Doha World Indoors

Phillips Idowu in action at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham
Phillips Idowu in action at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham

World triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has withdrawn from this weekend's World Indoor Championships in Doha.

The 31-year-old, who won outdoor gold in Berlin in 2009, made the decision for personal reasons following the birth of his second child last week.

"I am gutted not to be representing GB in Doha and passing up the opportunity to defend my indoor title," said Idowu.

"However the late arrival of my baby boy has meant that my training has been severely disrupted."

Idowu added: "I decided after talking to my coach that I had not had the preparation we agreed was needed to do the British team proud.

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"I was hoping to avoid this by competing in a larger than usual number of events early in the season, but it hasn't worked out that way.

"Instead I will increase the training with a focus on the European Championships in Barcelona. I wish the team the best of luck in Doha."

UK Athletics confirmed on Monday that Idowu had withdrawn from Great Britain's 37-strong squad for the 12-14 March event.

He jumped a season's best of 17.25m at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham in February, but that was only good enough for fourth place.

Idowu, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, sits joint sixth on the list of leading jumpers this season.

Italy's Fabrizio Donato is at the top with a mark of 17.39m, ahead of Sweden's Christian Olsson (17.32), a two-time former World Indoor champion getting back to his best after a succession of injuries.

Dwain Chambers in the 60m, Jenny Meadows in the 800m and Jessica Ennis in the pentathlon will lead Britain's bid for medals in Doha.



see also
Ennis ready for Doha challenge
04 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Hubbard makes World Championships
23 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Jumping masterclass with Phillips Idowu
01 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Aikines-Aryeetey earns Doha place
23 Feb 10 |  Athletics


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