British Born Nigerian Lands Gold at Athletics World Championship in Berlin


Idowu lands in the sandpit at a lifetime best of 17.73m to take the gold in the triple jump final at the athletics World Championships in Berlin
Just as Usain Bolt was crossing the finish line in the Olympiastadion last night, Phillips Idowu was getting ready to roll down the triple jump runway. The fastest man on the planet was completing the formality of a second round 200 metres heat win. The north Londoner was about to take what was for him as significant a step as the Jamaican sprinter had made in the 100m final on Sunday evening. In literal terms, it was a hop, a step and a jump but it added up to one quantum leap and a World Championship gold medal for the nearly man of British track and field.
Twelve months ago Idowu travelled to the Beijing Olympics as the red-hot favourite for the triple jump, sitting on top of the world rankings with an unbeaten summer record. “I feel like Superman,” he proclaimed – before crashing to earth with a bump. The silver medal was no consolation for the crushing defeat that was inflicted by Nelson Evora.
The margin in the Chinese capital was a mere five centimetres and as Idowu charged down the runway for his third-round effort in the World Championship final last night he was in second place trailing his Portuguese rival by 3cm. It was then that the 30-year-old Hackney man proceeded to cross the Rubicon.
By Simon Turnbull (Independent) in Berlin

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