Commonwealth triple jump champion Phillips Idowu could finish only eighth in the 1912 Olympic stadium at last night's Super Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm.
Idowu, a British medal hope at next month's European Championships, never looked like reproducing the form which recently won him the British trial with a clearance of 17.50 metres. With only two of his six jumps valid, his best effort was only 16.49m.
Brazil's Jadel Gregorio won, leaping 17.39m to beat the United States' world champion Walter Davis - who had a best effort of 17.32m in his final attempt.
Olympic champion Christian Olsson - who will be defending his European title in Gothenburg - sneaked into third place with a last-round effort of 17.24m.
Helen Clitheroe will have to wait until Friday before trying to achieve the European 1,500m qualifying standard of four minutes five seconds.
Clitheroe, winner of the British trial race in Manchester ten days ago, was again thwarted at the Swedish venue when finishing fifth in 4:06.20 and must hope for a better show at Crystal Palace in the Norwich Union Grand Prix. Katrina Wootton (ninth in 4:12.72) and 14th-placed Hayley Tullett (4:19.83), also failed to impress.
Bahrain's Maryam Jamal won with the excellent time of 3:58.96, ahead of France's Latifa Essarokh (3:59.61) and Commonwealth silver medal-list Sarah Jamieson, who set an Australian record of 4:00.93.