Idowu vows to carry on
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Phillips Idowu has said he plans to pursue his athletics career, despite the frustration of not qualifying for the triple-jump final.
The 33-year-old was seen as a medal hope for Team GB but he had a far from ideal preparation for the London Games, with controversy surrounding the athlete in the build-up. Idowu arrived in the Olympic village on Monday after missing the team's training camp in Portugal and has also endured a turbulent relationship with athletics head coach Charles van Commenee. The 2008 silver medallist's best was nine centimetres short of the qualification standard and Idowu admitted that he "can't remember a time I've performed that bad". The Hackney-born star also admitted to injury problems - that may need surgery later this year - and rustiness, but he remains confident that he can bounce back from this disappointment. Idowu said: "Definitely I am going to carry on competing. I don't think you've seen the best of me yet. Regardless of my achievements at these Games I was never going to finish here."