Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Idowu Can Lead Way with Gold in Beijing; Leap of Faith: Hackney-Born Triple Jumper Phillips Idowu Is Set to Go to Beijing Full of Confidence Having Won the World Indoor Title in Spain Last Month with a British Record

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Idowu Can Lead Way with Gold in Beijing; Leap of Faith: Hackney-Born Triple Jumper Phillips Idowu Is Set to Go to Beijing Full of Confidence Having Won the World Indoor Title in Spain Last Month with a British Record

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Byline: Matthew Beard

OLYMPIC champion Jonathan Edwards today backed Phillips Idowu to matchhis feat by winning triple jump gold at the Beijing Olympics.

And with 100 days to go to the Games, Edwards tipped six other athletes hereckons have the best chance of delivering medals for Britain.

Hackney-born Idowu was disqualified from the 2004 Athens Games but goes toBeijing full of confidence after winning the world indoor title in Spain lastmonth with a British record of 17.75metresa feat almost forgotten amid the furore over the selection of drugs cheat DwainChambers.

Edwards, who won gold at Sydney in 2000 said: "Idowu's jumping was stunning inValencia and he did what perhaps nobody thought he was capable of doing.

"I've known him for many years and I knew he was hugely talented butvulnerable.

It's given him great confidence and he can really produce a big jump inBeijing." Like Idowu, marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has "got abit of baggage" at Olympic finals, having crashed out of the Athens race. Shewill have to answer questions about her fitness, state of mind and ability tocope with the Beijing climate to add a first Olympic medal to her world,European and Commonwealth golds.

"She's never won an Olympic medal and I think everyone will be enthralled tosee her performance," Edwards said.

"There's a question over her injury and her mind and the conditions." Edwardssaid that Haile

Gebrselassie's withdrawal from the marathon indicated that smog was going to bea problem in the Chinese capital.

Edwards added: "When somebody like Gebrselassie, who knows marathon inside out,says there is a problem then you know it is an issue.

"Gebrselassie has never won an Olympic marathon, so you are looking like youmight deny someone an Olympic medal because of the conditions and that can't beright. …

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