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British Triple Jumper Gone Missing

Has until Sunday to check into the Olympic Village

Days ahead of the triple jump, the whereabouts of Great Britain’s gold medal favorite Phillips Idowu remain unknown. Neither his family nor his agent has been able to reach him. Idowu has a contentious relationship with Great Britain’s track and field team, and has not spoken to the head coach in over 18 months. He also failed to attend a mandatory training camp in Portugal ahead of the Games and has pulled out of four consecutive competitions since June. Despite his erratic behavior, Idowu is a favorite for gold and won the silver medal at Beijing four years ago and at last year’s world championships. "First he has to show up," Van Commenee, Great Britain’s track and field head coach, said. "And we don't know when he will. When he shows up, where he sleeps, we don't know." He has until Sunday to check into the Olympic Village.

Via The Guardian

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