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Phillips Idowu to Compete at Crystal Palace

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Phillips Idowu

European Indoor triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has confirmed his participation at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix this summer.

 

The London based athlete finished second in front of a sell-out crowd at the Crystal Palace event last year, and the presence of the British number one is a major boost to the UK Athletics event on August 3, for which tickets go on sale today.

 

Idowu won gold at the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham last month with a championship record of 17.56m, to lead the world rankings.

 

Now the 28-year-old, who also clinched gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, wants to maintain his winning ways in front of a home crowd at Crystal Palace.

 

Idowu, who is now based at the new Lee Valley Athletics Centre in North London, said: “Last year I finished second at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix, so this year I’ve set my sights on going one better.

 

“I’m really excited about competing in London again. It’s a superb competition and the strong support from the crowd is a great confidence booster.”

 

With the World Championships taking place in Osaka just three weeks after the Crystal Palace meet, Idowu believes a strong performance at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix is vital to his aspirations on the world stage.

 

“This year has been great so far, now I need to prove I’m capable of staying at the top. The World Championships have to be a key target and I’d love to win a medal there.

 

“The Crystal Palace meeting will be my last chance to show the British public that I’m in medal-winning form,” he added.

 

To buy tickets for this event, or any of the other UK Athletics outdoor events this Summer click here.