Tag Archives: hengelo

London 2012 Olympics: Phillips Idowu out of Birmingham trials

Idowu fuels injury fears as triple jumper pulls out of Olympic trial

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:32 GMT, 22 June 2012

|

UPDATED:

16:32 GMT, 22 June 2012

Former world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu is the latest athlete to pull out of this weekend's Olympic trials in Birmingham, sparking injury fears just weeks ahead of the London Games.

Idowu has competed just three times in 2012 and suffered an unspecified injury on his last appearance, which was in the Diamond League meeting in Oregon on June 2.

The 33-year-old struggled to hit top form with leaps of 16.43 metres and 17.05m, before injuring himself when he fouled with his third attempt. He took no further part in the competition.

Concerns: Phillips Idowu has pulled out of the Olympic trials in Birmingham

Concerns: Phillips Idowu has pulled out of the Olympic trials in Birmingham

Idowu, who subsequently withdrew from the Bislett Games in Oslo, had previously been unbeaten this year with winning leaps of 17.24m and 17.31m in Shanghai and Hengelo.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee said Idowu and fellow absentees Yamile Aldama – the world indoor triple jump champion – and world 1,500m silver medallist Hannah England were aiming to compete at the London Grand Prix on July 13-14, but declined to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of 'medical confidentiality'.

By not competing at the trials, Idowu will have to rely on a discretionary place on the team, but that will be a formality if he is fit, with Van Commenee adding: 'It's not a worry. He is selectable.'

London 2012 Olympics: Hannah England withdraws from UK trials

England risks Olympics dream after 1500m world silver medalist withdraws from trials

|

UPDATED:

13:34 GMT, 19 June 2012

Taking a risk: Hannah England

Taking a risk: Hannah England

World silver medallist Hannah England admitted she is taking a risk with her Olympic hopes after confirming she will miss this weekend's trials in Birmingham.

England suffered a spike to her Achilles in Hengelo three weeks ago and will not race again until the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in mid-July, just three weeks before the athletics programme gets under way in London.

The first two athletes in each event at the trials will gain selection for the Olympics, providing they have an 'A' qualifying standard, but a further place is available at the discretion of selectors.

'Of course I'm disappointed to miss the trials, last year I won there and it was the start of an incredible season,' said England, who won a surprise silver over 1500 metres in Daegu last year.

'But I have to be sensible, if I run too early I could ruin my season. So I have to take a risk that my early-season form and multiple A standards will be enough to gain selection.

Silver lining: England finished second at the World Championships in Daegu last summer

Silver lining: England finished second at the World Championships in Daegu last summer

'I'm in a tough event with strong competition, but I know I'm selectable as things stand now and I know I can compete at the highest level if given the chance.'

European silver medallist Chris Thompson will join England in sitting out both the trials and European Championships in Helsinki next week as he continues his recovery from a back injury.

He is also considered selectable (for the 10,000m) under the UKA 2012 selection policy.

London 2012 Olympics: Hannah England injury worry for trials

England injury has Van Commenee worried with Olympic trials looming

|

UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 31 May 2012

World silver medallist Hannah England faces an uphill battle to compete at the Olympic trials after suffering an achilles injury.

England, who won a surprise silver in the 1,500 metres in Daegu last year, was spiked during a race in Hengelo on Sunday and will be out for 'several' weeks according to UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

The Olympic trials in Birmingham are just three weeks away, with the first two athletes in each event qualifying automatically for the Games, providing they hold a current 'A' standard. One other discretionary place is also available to the selectors.

At a price: Hannah England (centre) won in Hengelo on Sunday but was hurt

At a price: Hannah England (centre) won in Hengelo on Sunday but was hurt

Van Commenee said: 'Hannah England got a spike in her achilles tendon. Although she won the race she will be out for a number of weeks, which is not good news. That is a worry.

'She's had no surgery but she had to be in hospital a few days. We're using all the modern technology to get the wound healing quickly. She won't necessarily be running straight away, but cross-training and other things.'

Silver lining: England was a surprise medallist in the 1,500m in Daegu

Silver lining: England was a surprise medallist in the 1,500m in Daegu

Asked if the 25-year-old will be fit for the trials, Van Commenee added: 'She'll try. We're working towards that scenario but it's impossible at this point to predict.'

England sounded slightly more upbeat on her Facebook fan page, adding: 'Glad to get an A qualifier and a win in Hengelo on Sunday. Got some battle scars though from being spiked. No stitches but will have some cool scars! Taking it easy this week to avoid infection and reduce risk of any lingering problems.'