Winning the 2008 World Indoor Championships made Idowu the triple jump favorite for Beijing, but he had to settle for silver after being edged by Nelson Evora. Idowu turned the tables on Evora to win the 2009 World Championship, with Evora placing second.
Leading the way:
Idowu, who’s sported a variety of hair colors over the years, posted the world's second-leading jump in 2008 (17.62 meters, 57 feet 9¾ inches) and the world's top jump in 2009 (17.73/58-2).
Idowu finished a highly respectable sixth in the triple jump final at his first Olympic Games, in 2000, at age 21. He started the 2004 finals well with a first-round jump that would have earned him a silver medal – if it hadn’t mistakenly been called a foul. Idowu was awarded three more jumps but was badly shaken by the error and recorded three consecutive (and real) fouls, ending his day.
Idowu won the 2008 World Indoors with a personal best jump measuring 17.75/58-2¾. He also won the European Indoors in 2007 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006, along with five national championships.
- Height: 6-4
- Weight: 196
- Birth date: December 30, 1978
- Hometown: Enfield, Great Britain
- World Championships: Two