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Nigerian-English triple jumper

  • Phillips Olaosebikan Idowu MBE is a Nigerian-English triple jumper.
  • He was born on December 30, 1978 to Nigerian parents in the London Borough of Hackney, East London.
  • He was the 2009 World Champion, the 2008 World Indoor champion and reigning 2010 EAA European Champion representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as 2006 Commonwealth Games champion representing England and 2007 European Indoor champion.
  • He also won the silver medal representing Team GB at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • He is a member of the London-based Belgrave Harriers athletics club and has been for much of his career.
  • Despite his successes he has at times been accused of inconsistency and of failing to fulfil his potential.
  • His championship record since 2008, especially his gold medal at the 2009 World Athletics Championships, has addressed these criticisms.
  • He also enjoys basketball.
  • Carlita is his girlfriend.
  • He also has a daughter, D'Karma (born 2009) and a son, Prince (born 2010).
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