By Rebecca Stephenson (follow me @1rebs). Last Updated: 14/07/12 6:03pm
Phillips Idowu: Triple jumper's mystery withdrawl causes concern ahead of Olympics
Phillips Idowu has tried to allay concerns over his fitness after withdrawing from the Diamond league meeting at the eleventh hour.
The triple jumper was given top billing at Crystal Palace to go head-to-head with American Christian Taylor, who has recorded the longest jump in the world this year.
But with just 25 minutes to go before the first jump, the 33-year-old announced he would not be competing due to a hip problem.
It may be that the Londoner did not fancy the conditions at a rainy Crystal Palace, but the Olympic silver medallist has a worrying lack of competitive action ahead of the games.
He has competed just three times in 2012, with his last appearance coming in Eugene, Oregon on June 1. He struggled to hit top form in that event with leaps of 16.43 metres and 17.05m before a foul in the third round, after which he took no further part in the competition.
The Belgrave Harrier subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials in Birmingham, with UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee declining to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality".
Idowu claimed on Wednesday he had never mentioned an injury and was happy to let the "rumour mill stir itself," but the events at Crystal Palace are sure to create more of the same just two-weeks before the Games get underway.
But he has attempted to allay the fears, posting on Twitter: "Hey guys, sorry to have to pull out of #ALGP, slight bit of muscle tightness. I will be fine in a day or 2. Hope the other jumpers put on a great show for you. See you 7th aug. thanks for your support."
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