British Athletics announce funding list with notable absentees

Last Updated: 14/10/13 1:10pm

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Neil Black: British Athletics performance director outlines new programme

Neil Black: British Athletics performance director outlines new programme

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A number of Britain's most well-known track and field athletes have been stripped of their lottery funding, as British Athletics tighten their 'World Class Performance Programme' requirements.

The governing body made the announcement on Monday, introducing a tough new funding criteria based on Olympic medal potential, with the likes of world indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m finalist Jo Pavey missing out.

Under the old model, athletes could be awarded 'podium' funding based on their potential to make a World Championship or Olympic final.

But for 2013/14 only athletes with the potential to win a medal at the Rio Olympics in three years' time could be chosen for top-tier funding.

The rules have also been tightened for up-and-coming athletes, with those chosen for 'podium potential' funding based on their prospect of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Medal focus

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "Our immediate focus is firmly on medals in 2016, followed by London 2017 when we will host both the IAAF and IPC World Athletics Championships. From there, attention shifts to Tokyo 2020, our WCPP selections absolutely reflect that focus.

"2013 was an excellent year for the British team across both the Olympic and Paralympic programmes. And once again I am confident 2014 will bring further success in what will be another extremely busy indoor and outdoor season.

"The support from the National Lottery via UK Sport enables our athletes to work with the best coaches and support staff and prepare at the best facilities and training camps to ensure they perform to the highest achievable standards."

Other notable exclusions from last year's programme include middle-distance runners Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows, who won silver and bronze respectively in the 1500m and 800m at the 2009 World Championships.

With former world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu also excluded from the programme following his decision to take a break from the sport "for the foreseeable future".

Podium World Class Performance Programme

Olympic:
Holly Bleasdale, Lawrence Clarke, James Dasaolu, Hannah England, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Adam Gemili, Robbie Grabarz, Dai Greene, Sophie Hitchon, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Christine Ohuruogu, Andrew Osagie, Tiffany Porter, Andy Pozzi, Shara Proctor, Greg Rutherford, Perri Shakes-Drayton, William Sharman, Chris Tomlinson, Laura Weightman, Nathan Woodward

Paralympic:
Ola Abidogun, Hollie Arnold, Graeme Ballard, Paul Blake, Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Mickey Bushell, Libby Clegg, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, David Devine, Kyron Duke, Dan Greaves, Sophie Hahn, Beverley Jones, Sophie Kamlish, Stephen Miller, Jonnie Peacock, Josie Pearson, Gemma Prescott, Stefanie Reid, Nathan Stephens, David Weir, Richard Whitehead, Rob Womack, Bethany Woodward

Olympic Relay:
Mens 4x100m - Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington

Women's 4x100m - Dina Asher-Smith, Hayley Jones, Annabelle Lewis, Ashleigh Nelson, Anyika Onuora

Men's 4x400m - Michael Bingham, Jamie Bowie, Jack Green, Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams

Women's 4x400m - Margaret Adeoye, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox

Paralympic Relay:
Katrina Hart, Jenny McLoughlin

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