Philips Odowu is one of the most controversial members of the British athletics team. As a triple jumper he came into the sport as world record holder Jonathan Edwards was finishing his career and athletics fans had high hopes that he had the talent to take over Edwards¢ mantle. Idowu was a silver medalist in Beijing in 2008 but he flopped in disappointing fashion at London in 2012.
Renowned for his exuberant appearance, he regularly dies his hair red, white or blue in acknowledgement of the Union Jack and wears a series of ppiercings, Philips has been accused of being more concerned about his image than applying himself to the job at hand. Whilst there is every hope that Odowu will go for Gold, many suspect he will not succeed.
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