Phillips Idowu(1978-), Triple jumper; Olympian
Phillips Olaosebikan Idowu
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Phillips Idowu was born and raised on the De Beauvouir estate in Hackney, East London. A gifted all-round sportsman, he was a talented basketball player before he started concentrating on triple jumping at school, becoming the English schools' champion. He won a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and then won the title of World Champion in Berlin (2009) when he leaped to his new personal best of 17.73m to take gold.
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