Phillips Idowu switches training base after unsuccessful Olympics

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British triple jumper Phillips Idowu has decided to start training in Essex and move away from his current base in Birmingham.

Idowu has put the reason down to him being to far away from his family after spending four years in the Midlands.

He said to BBC Essex: "I'm down in Epping now, living and training here.

"I made a big sacrifice after Beijing to move to Birmingham. For the most part it was successful. Now family takes priority."

The move down south also means that the Beijing Olympic silver medalist is expected to split with coach Aston Moore. Moore trained Idowu throughout the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and was a key part of his 2009 World Championship gold medal.

But Idowu was hampered with a hip injury at the London 2012 Olympics and failed to progress through the qualifying rounds.

However, the Hackney-born athlete believes the move, where it appears he will train at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, could be helpful in his bid to win the World Championships in Moscow this August.

"I wanted to move back home to make life easier for my wife and kids," he added.

"If they're happy I'm happy and hopefully, coming on to major championships in 2013, my performances will be really good."

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