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Idowu withdraws from triple jump
Phillips Idowu has pulled out of the triple jump at the Aviva London Grand Prix - just three days after insisting injury was not behind his long lay-off this season.
Olympic silver medallist Idowu 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 33-year-old 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 happen to let the "rumour mill stir itself," but has pulled out of the competition at Crystal Palace just 25 minutes before it was due to start with a hip problem.
The withdrawal of Idowu came shortly after British team-mate Tiffany Porter broke down in tears after finishing last in her semi-final of the 100m hurdles.
Porter has been carrying a back injury and looked in pain as she slowed down from the seventh hurdle onwards before finishing in 14.19 seconds, more than 1.5s behind winner Virginia Crawford.
American Danielle Carruthers, who finished third, comforted Porter on the track and said: "She's a little dinged up and she is a little worried because the pressure of competing well and getting a medal in your home town is big.
"I know how that feels to have a lot of pressure on you and I just wanted to let her know that even though things are hurting on you, you have a chance, your body is hurting but it doesn't mean you can't run fast."
With Robbie Grabarz only finishing joint second alongside Tom Parsons in the high jump with a best of 2.22m, there was at least some good news in the women's javelin as Goldie Sayers improved her own British record.
Sayers threw 66.17m in the first round to better her previous best of 65.75m, which was set when finishing fourth in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.