Former triple jump world champion Phillips Idowu to hang up spikes for ‘foreseeable future’ and will not compete at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow
Phillips Idowu has announced he is to take a break from athletics after confirming he will not be competing at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham this weekend.
The former world champion triple jumper, who failed to make the final at the London 2012 Olympics, has only competed sparingly since the Games, including an outing at the Rome leg of the Diamond League series where he jumped 16.44m.
“After some careful consideration I have decided that for the foreseeable future I will be taking a step back from athletics,” said the 34-year-old.
“I feel this is the right time for me to make this decision and it’s not a choice I’ve made lightly. I greatly appreciate all of the support I have received over the past years, particularly from the British public and my team and sponsors; it has been an extremely happy and successful time.”
He added: “I’m excited about pursuing other interests and taking other opportunities that present themselves to me during this break.”
Despite not being included in the GB team for the recent European Team Championships where Nathan Douglas filled the triple jump spot, Idowu, who also won world silver in Daegu in 2011 and Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008, had been expected to compete this weekend at the trials for the World Championships in Moscow.
“It’s a big brave decision for Phil, and whilst we’re sad to see him hang up his spikes for now, he’s had a fantastic career,” commented UKA’s performance director Neil Black.
“Winning medals across all major championships, including gold at World, European and Commonwealth Games is a brilliant record, and myself and many of my colleagues at British Athletics feel privileged to have worked alongside him through the ups and downs of a long career.”