Triple jump world record-holder Jonathan Edwards believes Phillips Idowu will never get back to the level he was in the past.
Idowu, 35, announced he was taking a break from the sport following a disappointing 2012 Olympics in London.
He has recently returned, competing in a number of small events in Australia, but Edwards thinks it's now impossible for the 2009 World Champion to get back to his best, reports the Mail Online.
"Phillips is done. He's never going to get back," Edwards said.
"Age isn't on his side. You can't take a out a chunk of time like he has and then come back. Phillips is finished. As soon as he said he was taking a break he was done."
Idowu's dip in form coincided with injuries in the build-up to London 2012, forcing the jumper into not competing for the three months prior to the Games. This resulted in Idowu struggling in the event - he failed to make it past the qualifying round of the competition.
In early 2013, Idowu again struggled for form, leading to his decision to take a break from the sport.
It's a break which Edwards feels will result in Idowu never getting back to his best, but with seven major medals to his name, it might not be the end of Phillips Idowu.
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