London 2012: Philips Idowu carries the Olympic Torch in Stratford

Phillips Idowu made a surprise appearance in Stratford as the Olympic Torch continues to burn its way through Newham.

The Team GB triple jumper, who just getting over an injury, took charge of the flame just before 1pm and carried it through Westfield Stratford City.

The athlete took silver in Beijing four years ago, but failed to register a legal jump in Athens and came sixth in Sydney.

He told onlookers: “You guys have done me really proud thanks for coming out. Hopefully in a couple of weeks time I can make you guys proud again.”