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Phillips Idowu receives MBE

Idowu receives MBE
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Phillips Idowu receives his MBE for services to athletics.

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu has received an MBE for services to athletics and is now turning his attentions to London 2012.

The 31-year-old was presented with his medal by the Princess Royal at a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony.

London-born Idowu recently won silver at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, losing his title of two years ago to American Christian Taylor.

However, Idowu is positive that he can claim gold in London. "Losing the title does take a lot of pressure off me going into the Olympic Games and I can just get my head down and focus on the Olympics," he said.

"At the beginning of this season I always said my main goal was the Olympic Games so my training schedule is based on that and the World Championships is just a stepping stone towards that."

"I'm ready to put the hard work in, it's going to be the biggest sporting event of my career ever. The Olympics is a big thing in anyone's career but to have it at home is going to be special, and being born and raised and schooled in East London makes it that much closer to my heart."

The 2012 Games begin on July 27.

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