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GOLDEN BOY: Triple Jumper Phillips Idowu is going for the highest medal

TRIPLE JUMPER Phillips Idowu has vowed to win gold on home turf, Hackney, during the summer Olympics Games.

The British champion's rise, from his humble and at times troubled childhood hasn't been an easy ride, but now the five-times gold winner says he's excited the games are coming 'home'.

"To have the Olympics not only in your home town, but in your manor ... that doesn't happen for many athletes," Idowu told the London Evening Standard.

The eccentric athlete, often seen sporting a variety of hair colours and an array of facial piercings, also revealed that he hasn't always had his family's support.

"My parents never watched me compete. Like a lot of African families they wanted me to concentrate on my schoolwork. They saw athletics as a distraction from that," he said.

He added: "My sister probably only watched me compete for the first time two years ago. I don't know if my brother has ever watched me".

The east Londoner was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to athletics.

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