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British Athletics has confirmed which athletes will receive – and will not receive – National Lottery funding over the next 12 months through its World Class Olympic Program (WCP).
WCP operates at four levels:
Podium – supports athletes with realistic abilities to win medals at the next Olympic Games
Podium Potential – support for those whose performance suggests they have realistic abilities to win medals at subsequent Olympic Games.
Olympic Relays – supports athletes considered to have the potential to award relay medals at future Olympic Games.
Confirmation – a new level added this year for emerging athletes.
The investment supports athletes through training, training, competition support, medical, technological and scientific services, and access to world-class sports facilities.
Funding is also provided through the Athlete Performance Awards (APA), whereby UK Sport contributes to the living and athletic expenses of athletes, the amount the athlete receives depends on their program level.
Last names on the prominent roster include Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Adam Gemili and Callum Hawkins, but do not include Sir Mo Farah, who did not make it through the qualifying time of the 10,000 m for the Toyko Olympics.
It does, however, include 19-year-old Keely Hodgkinson, who will receive top funding for the first time. Hodgkinson won silver in the 800m in Tokyo and set a new British record.
The second tier roster includes Charlotte Purdue, who, despite the controversial lack of selection for the Tokyo Olympics, was the fastest British woman in the London Marathon this year. It also includes Eilish McColgan, who recently became the British women’s 10-mile record holder, winning the title from Paula Radcliffe in the Great South Run.
However, her teammate Jess Judd, who competed alongside McColgan in her first Olympics in Tokyo – and reached the 10,000m final – sadly missed the lottery funding. Expressing her disappointment on Twitter, she said:
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After a season marked by illness and injury that ended in a disappointing Olympic campaign, Tom Bosworth also failed to make the cut. In a statement on Twitter, he said: “I am so disappointed to have been taken off the program after an injury-plagued season. The loss of financial and medical support will be huge. I want to thank those who have helped me. and supported since 2015! We are so lucky to have WCP, so congratulations to all of you selected! ‘
There will also be no funding for male runners in the 400m, but British Athletics say the athletes will be supported.
Regarding the selection, British Athletics performance director Sara Symington said:
“As we begin the Paris cycle and longer term Los Angeles 2028, we have made a number of informed decisions regarding joining the world-class program that align with our strategic priorities. We will work closely with the 67 pairs of athletes and coaches we offer membership to and seek to add support and value to their journey through their Individual Athlete Plan (IAP).
“The selection process is robust and long, and we use a lot of data that is supplemented by knowledge of our events to inform the decision-making process. We paid special attention to athletes who meet the selection criteria and performance matrix that aligns with the future ambitions of the world-class program. ‘
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