Medallists lose Lottery funding
A host of former World Championship medallists have lost their Lottery funding for the 2014 season, UK Athletics has announced.
Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows, who won 1500 metres silver and 800m bronze respectively at the 2009 World Championships, and Andy Turner, the 2011 world 110m hurdles bronze medallist, are among the leading names to have been dropped from the World Class Performance Programme under the strict new guidelines set down by UK Sport.
Yamile Aldama, the 41-year-old Cuba-born triple-jumper who won world indoor gold last year, has also left the programme, along with Phillips Idowu, whose removal was a foregone conclusion following his decision to take an indefinite break from athletics.
UK Sport, the body which distributes the funding, has narrowed its criteria, meaning only athletes considered realistic medal contenders for the Rio 2016 Olympics are eligible for 'podium' funding. Previously the emphasis had been on the likelihood of making a final. The result is a smaller crop of 22 athletes on top-level funding, plus 16 on relay funding.
The 44 younger athletes on the lower-level 'podium potential' support had to have proved their potential to win a medal in Tokyo in 2020.
In addition, there are 25 Paralympic athletes on podium funding, plus two on relay support, and 23 on podium potential.
Other senior Great Britain team members to lose their funding include Christian Malcolm (200m), Jo Pavey (5,000m and 10,000m) and Goldie Sayers (javelin).
Meadows, 32, was ruled out of her second successive season in 2013 after suffering a stress fracture to her femur, which followed the long-term Achilles injury which dashed her Olympic hopes.
Dobriskey, 29, and Turner, 32, both endured injury-plagued seasons.
The major winners from the announcement are the women's 4x100m relay squad, who are back on funding after their shock bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow.
A year earlier they did not even manage to qualify a team for the London Olympics.
The quartet who claimed a dramatic medal in Russia, Dina Asher-Smith, Hayley Jones, Annabelle Lewis and Ashleigh Nelson, are all on the programme part of the relay squad, along with Anyika Onuora.
UKA 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."
On the Paralympic front, wheelchair racer Shelly Woods, who won marathon silver at London 2012, has been dropped from the programme.
The 27-year-old from Blackpool, a three-time Paralympic medallist, tweeted: "Very disappointed to hear @BritAthletics have decided not to fund me on the @uk_sport world class performance programme. #nothappy."
Athletes on the World Class Performance Programme 2013-14:
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.
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 (16)
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 (2)
Katrina Hart, Jenny McLoughlin.
PODIUM POTENTIAL WCPP
Meghan Beesley, David Bolarinwa, Dan Bramble, Lucy Bryan, Ashley Bryant, Katie Byres, Chris Clarke, Luke Cutts, Mark Dry, Zane Duquemin, James Gladman, Emelia Gorecka, Charlie Grice, Abigail Irozuru, JJ Jegede, Jessica Judd, Richard Kilty, Jade Lally, Eilish McColgan, Sophie McKinna, Mukhtar Mohammed, Brett Morse, Laura Muir, Ross Murray, Chris O'Hare, Asha Philip, Isobel Pooley, Julian Reid, Leon Reid, Andrew Robertson, Sebastian Rodger, Jazmin Sawyers, James Shane, Lynsey Sharp, Allan Smith, Serita Solomon, Gemma Steel, Danny Talbot, Deji Tobais, Lorraine Ugen, Chijindu Ujah, Bianca Williams, Delano Williams, Jodie Williams.
Joshua Bain, Olivia Breen, Jamie Carter, Josh Clark, Meggan Dawson-Farrell, Jordan Howe, Jade Jones, Rhys Jones, Andy Kaar, Samantha Kinghorn, Erin McBride, Dean Miller, Maxine Moore, Stephen Morris, Holly Neill, Mel Nicholls, Georgina Oliver, Stephen Osborne, Ben Rowlings, Will Smith, Laura Sugar, Isaac Towers, Kieran Tscherniawsky.