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Idowu and Douglas Struggle

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Performances from Phillips Idowu and Nathan Douglas at Tuesday's Lausanne Super Grand Prix meeting again suggested the British triple-jumpers will struggle to win a medal in next month's European Championships.


There is little doubt about the potential of Idowu, the Commonwealth champion, and Douglas, but recent showings have led to doubts if they will make an impression in Gothenburg.


Idowu's best effort was 17.06metres and Douglas registered a leap of 16.84m, with the pair placed seventh and ninth at the meeting in Switzerland.


They were no match for Christian Olsson's winning effort of 17.62m, which suggests Sweden's Olympic and world champion, after missing last season injured, is well on target to retain his Euro title.


The British pair's performances also followed on from Idowu finishing eighth last Thursday in Lucerne, while Douglas the week before was fourth at the SPAR European Cup in Malaga.


Both have produced excellent jumps this year and, although they should easily clinch selection for the trip to Scandinavia at this weekend's Norwich Union European trials in Manchester, both need to lift their aspirations with big jumps.


Likewise, Helen Clitheroe and Hayley Tullett, both valued members of past British international sides at major championships, also need a much needed pick-up.


In a very fast paced 1,500m race on the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise track, Clitheroe finished seventh and Tullett ninth in times of four minutes 07.67sec and 4mins 08.33secs. Russian Yelena Soboleva re-affirmed she will be the likeliest gold medallist over the distance in Sweden when winning in a time of 3:58.60.

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