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Show time for Phillips Idowu the 'Invisible Man'

The time has come for the Invisible Man to stand up and be counted. More importantly, for his hopping, stepping and jumping to be counted.

Idowu makes a safe landing in the village

After a much talked about disappearing act, the invisible man of Team GB Phillips Idowu has finally made it to the athletes village.

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Team GB mystery man Phillips Idowu arrives at Olympic Village

The saga of Phillips Idowu's fitness and whereabouts has been fascinating or irritating depending on your point of view, but the so-called “Invisible Man” of British athletics will finally be seen tomorrow.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: So, is Britain too multicultural now?

Jesus! More multicultural crap! More bleedin' foreigners winning our medals! Even cheering with indecent enthusiasm for Team GB! Who the hell do they think they are? And what the hell happened to this great nation? Tory MP Aidan Burley, an immigrant from New Zealand, dissed Danny Boyle's inclusive opening ceremony in a tweet. By now he must be spitting his (probably whitened) teeth. So too the risible journos who've been whinging about "plastic Brits" in the team, an obnoxious term invented for competitors not born in the UK. Like the South African Zola Budd, a white athlete who, during Apartheid, was given British nationality so she could run for Britain. The Daily Mail made it all happen for that "plastic Brit". But today intolerant right-wingers question the motives of non-indigenous sportspeople and are furious they have been chosen to represent the UK.

Yamile Aldama fell 31 cm short of a medal in the women’s triple jump last night

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Cuban-born Briton finishes fourth Games, and her bold quest for a medal, with fifth place

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Mo Farah: Is a serious medal contender for Great Britain in the men's 10,000m this evening

Weekend Preview: Swimmers have sunk but expect GB medals to flow

The main event on what could be a glorious weekend for British athletics is the culmination of the women's heptathlon. After a strong start from Jessica Ennis, and a surprisingly good one from Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the heptathlon has its final events tonight.

Team GB’s Cuban-born Yamilé Aldama books place in Olympic triple jump final

No-one could blame Yamilé Aldama for playing it a little safe today. Her indefatigable coach Frank Attoh, without whom she would not have been making her long-awaited Olympic debut for Britain at the age of 39 in bright sunshine, gestured his surprise at how far behind the take-off board she had launched off for her first triple jump. But a nine-year unfulfilled desire to represent a nation tempers an athlete and makes her determined not to take any chances with reaching a final.

Philips Idowu with his coach Aston Moore

Team GB's Phillips Idowu cuts himself off from coach Aston Moore

Another day; another twist in the tortuous Phillips Idowu soap opera. As well as cutting himself off from the British athletics team, the troubled triple jumper has now cut all contact with his coach, Aston Moore.

Phillips Idowu has not competed since the beginning of last month

Phillips Idowu 'making good progress' say BOA

Phillips Idowu was today on course to be fit to compete at the Olympics, according to the British Olympic Association.

Dom Joly: London's warmth beats sweltering in Beijing

Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony took me straight back to this time four years ago when I covered the Beijing games for The Independent. I had no idea what to expect. I just knew that, since watching the Montreal Games on a fuzzy television somewhere in Tuscany in 1976, I had always wanted to go to the Olympics. Now I was there, in the Bird's Nest stadium waiting for the opening ceremony to begin.

Phillips Idowu has not competed since the beginning of last month

Jonathan Edwards backs Phillips Idowu to shine despite chaotic build-up

Jonathan Edwards believes Phillips Idowu may be relishing his chaotic build-up to the Olympics.

Christine Ohuruogu is excellent at championship racing

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Phillips Idowu

BOA promise Phillips Idowu full support during London 2012 Olympics

Phillips Idowu has been promised the full support of the British Olympic Association in his bid to gain full fitness in time for a triple-jump glory bid.

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