Idowu competes for Team GB in the London Games. (©GettyImages)
Idowu competes for Team GB in the London Games. (©GettyImages).

Phillips Idowu returns to Great Britain team

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Phillips Idowu finished fourth in his return to competing for Great Britain for the first time since London 2012.

The triple-jumper took a break from the sport last year but returned last month and was selected for the GB squad for the European Team Championships.

The 35-year-old's best jump of the competition was 16.37 metres - well short of his 17.81m personal best, but still enough for fourth in the competition, helping the team to fifth in the Championships.

And it's a return Idowu feels shows he still has something left to give: "Today didn't go as well as I would have liked," he told BBC Sport.

"I still feel I have a lot in my legs. I haven't quite really nailed it yet, but I'll keep pushing on. I'm enjoying it here and just want to keep pushing on."

Idowu's decision to take a break from the sport after falling out with then GB head coach Charles van Commenee after struggling with injury at the Olympics in London.

"I needed a break and time to freshen myself up," he revealed. "I have no plan. I am just winging it right now. It's exciting for British athletics now and I'm happy to be part of it."

Despite the developmental squad only finishing fifth, there were signs for encouragement, and Idowu spoke of his pride at putting the GB vest back on.

"It's always an honour to put on the red, white and blue."

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