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Idowu is a hop, skip and jump away from a gold

PUBLISHED: 17:13 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

BEIJING - AUGUST 21:  Phillips Idowu of Great Britain competes in the Men's Triple Jump Final held at the National Stadium during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

BEIJING - AUGUST 21: Phillips Idowu of Great Britain competes in the Men's Triple Jump Final held at the National Stadium during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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PHILLIPS Idowu was forced to settle for a silver medal in today's Olympic triple jump final in Beijing. The former Raine's Foundation School pupil from East London entered the event as No 1 in the world rankings and a red hot favourite to take the Gold. But 29-year-old Idowu was narrowly edged out by Portugal's Nelson Evora, whose fourth-round effort of 17.67m secured the Olympic title

PHILLIPS Idowu was forced to settle for a silver medal in today's Olympic triple jump final in Beijing.

The former Raine's Foundation School pupil from East London entered the event as No 1 in the world rankings and a red hot favourite to take the Gold.

But 29-year-old Idowu was narrowly edged out by Portugal's Nelson Evora, whose fourth-round effort of 17.67m secured the Olympic title.

He had twice held the lead in the final, topping the field with 17.41m after the first round and again following round three with a leap of 17.62m.

Evora saved his best for the fourth round and Idowu, who would have required a personal best leap to reclaim the lead, was unable to match the Portuguese.

Idowu, who was unbeaten in any triple jump competition this year, had gone to China with his sights set on gold and as had said before the Games that "nothing less than a gold medal would be good enough."

Leevan Sands from the Bahamas was third with 17.59m while fellow Briton Larry Achike came seventh.

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