turned off when Phillips Idowu returned to the scene of his golden leap. Hours before he had become Britains second world champion. Hours later he would be presented with his medal by triple jump legend Jonathan Edwards. But that moment in time marked the end of an emotional journey and he wanted something to remember it by. No-one was there, I didnt think anyone had seen me, said the Londoner, who cried after striking gold with his biggest hop, skip and jump. I just wanted a bit
of the pit where I won, you know to put on display somewhere in my house. It wont be going in my sock draw this time. Which is where he threw his Olympic silver medal in disgust a year ago on his return from Beijing where he had expected to win. He felt he had failed. Some peoples goals are just to make the team, some are to just make the final, said Idowu. Mine is always to win gold. He sensed people had marked him down as a nearly man. Though Im not motivated by what others think, he added. People are always going
to have opinions about me. Theyre going to like me, theyre going to hate me, theyre going to think Im talented,日出而作打一生肖 theyre going to think Im a waste of space. Some will hate the fact I dye my hair and have got piercings, some will love it. Others will think Im arrogant. That just because I dye my hair I seek attention. I dont, its just me. When I go out and compete I want to be myself because it relaxes me and helps me jump well. Having a new piercing, having a new hair colour, is just the person I am. You cant
please everybody. Im just here to please myself, jump well and win medals. And that was what hurt him in Beijing - the feeling that he had not done himself justice. It was that which drove him to leave his home and move nearer his coach in Birmingham. That which gave him total focus leading into Berlin. That which provoked the waterw
orks after he delivered in style on Tuesday evening. I always thought I was the best, he said. But thinking it and actually going out and doing it are different things. Not any more theyre not.