Phillips Idowu with Aston Moore

Watch Phillips and coach Aston talking about discovering and nurturing sporting talent.

The Portrait

Phillips Idowu with Aston Moore
Photographed by Finlay Mackay
14 March 2011, Birmingham High Performance Centre, Birmingham

Phillips Idowu was born and raised in east London and started triple jumping at school. He has held every major title including World Champion and won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. Idowu moved to Birmingham with his family in 2008 to train with UK Athletics coach Aston Moore, a Jamaican-born triple jumper who previously competed for Great Britain. Their training programme focuses on Idowu’s determination to win Olympic gold in his home city.

‘You look at him. He’s 6 foot 4, and he’s 6 foot 4 all legs.’
Aston Moore

© Finlay MacKay/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012