THE FLOP!

Chief Van Comme­nee

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

need to speak to my coach now it’s com­ing to the end of the sea­son.

“I will come back next year. This was a great op­por­tu­nity be­cause not all the top names were here.”

Idowu de­nied he had been ir­re­spon­si­ble in at­tempt­ing to com­pete with an in­jury.

And he re­jected Van Comme­nee’s claims that the jumper’s build-up to the games had been af­fected by fail­ing to join up with the rest of the team.

Idowu re­vealed: “I was mov­ing be­tween Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don be­fore the Games vis­it­ing my coach and physio.

“And we de­cided it was bet­ter I stayed in this coun­try to get treat­ment than go to Por­tu­gal.

“I haven’t re­ceived lottery fund­ing for three years. I fund my­self, so I can fol­low my own pro­gramme.”

Idowu was des­per­ate to per­form well in his home city, but his fi­nal jump of 16.53m was a heart­break­ing nine cen­time­tres short of mak­ing the top 12 and claim­ing a spot in the fi­nal.

He added: “I’m up­set that I let them down.

“All year I’ve been tagged as a medal favourite and I haven’t got the chance to go out there and do it.”

GOLDEN GIRL:

Laura Trott SIL­VER END:

Vic­to­ria Pendle­ton HOR­ROR SHOW: Idowu re­acts af­ter fail­ing to reach the fi­nal

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