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Phillips Idowu Phillips Idowu (born on December 30, 1978 in Hackney, London) is an English triple jumper. He won the silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, setting a new personal best of 17.68 during the contest but was beaten by world record holder Jonathan Edwards. is king of the triple jump in 2008 and the Hackney Hackney, inner borough (1991 pop. 164,200) of Greater London, SE England, on the Lea River. Clothing manufacture (in Hackney) and printing and furniture making (in Shoreditch) are the borough's chief industries. London's first theater was built in Shoreditch (c.1575). athlete is Boylesports' 5-4 favourite to hop, step and jump his way to gold at the National Stadium in Beijing.
Idowu, bigger still at 6-4 with Ladbrokes and 2-5 with them to get on the podium, has dominated the event this year and if the formbook stands up, he is a good thing.
The reigning Commonwealth champion jumped a staggering 17.75m to win world indoor gold in Valencia in March and he has the two biggest outdoor leaps of the year, the pick of which was the 17.58m he produced in the trials.
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Christian Olsson, who has subsequently and graciously handed the Londoner the title of "the biggest favourite in Beijing".
Jonathan Edwards, Britain's last triple jump hero and still the world record holder with an 18.29m mark set 13 years ago, reckons Idowu "could well become Olympic champion."
Edwards, who will be working for the BBC BBC
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Idowu's consistency this year is encouraging. He's had three jumps over 7.46m and four years ago it Olsson had been that season's best jumper before being rewarded in Athens with gold, while Idowu, incidentally, fouled out.
Boyles, who have priced up a whole rash of athletics markets, see Cuba's Arnie David Girat as his biggest danger at 9-4 while Randy Lewis This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. from Grenada is 9-2 third favourite and was perceived from a long way off as the Brit's biggest challenger. It's 12-1 bar the front three.
Most observers agree that only a few centimetres will decide it so someone like Slovakia's Dmitri Valukevic, who has a best this year of 7.46m without a breath of wind in his favour, may be worth considering at 12-1.
Men's triple jump - Boyles: 5-4 P Idowu, 9-4 A Girat, 9-2 R Lewis, 12 D Valukevic, J Gregorio, 16 J Sabino, A Wilson, M Karailiev, 18 C Fafana, 20 bar.
Ladbrokes: 6-4 P Idowu to win gold, 2-5 to win a medal, 50 to break world record.
Coral: 5-4 P Idowu to win gold, 1-3 to win amedal, 25 to break world record, 10 to win BBC sports personality of the year The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is given to one sportsman or sportswoman, usually British, every year. The award was originally devised by the BBC producer Paul Fox in 1954 and continues to be organised annually by the BBC. .