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Christine Ohuruogu among list of athletes to have National Lottery funding reduced

British Athletics has released details of the athletes who have been selected on its world-class performance programmes for 2016-17.

Christine Ohuruogu among list of athletes to have National Lottery funding reduced

Christine Ohuruogu is one of several leading athletes to have had their National Lottery funding cut for the 2017 season.

The 32-year-old, a former Olympic and two-time world champion over 400 metres, has been downgraded from top-level podium funding to relay funding.

Injury plagued former 400m hurdler world champion Dai Greene and James Dasaolu, Britain’s second fastest man ever over 100m, have both been stripped of their funding completely, British Athletics revealed on Wednesday when it released the athletes selected on its world-class performance programmes for 2016-17.

Dai Greene became world champion in 2011, but has been plagued by injury in recent years
Dai Greene became world champion in 2011, but has been plagued by injury in recent years (Nigel French/PA)

The total number of Olympic athletes on podium funding has dropped from 21 to 15 ahead of next year’s World Championships in London, with the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill, sprint hurdlers Andy Pozzi and William Sharman, 1500m runner Laura Weightman and 800m runner Andrew Osagie joining Greene and Ohurougu in dropping off.

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American-born 100m hurder Cindy Ofili has been awarded top-level funding after finishing fourth at the Rio Olympics. Pozzi remains on the WCPP, but has been relegated to the lower-level podium potential funding.

Dasaolu, who has not progressed since running 9.91 seconds three years ago, dropped to relay funding last year and, despite being part of the squad which won gold at the European Championships in July, has now gone from the programme completely, indicating he is no longer in Great Britain’s sprint relay plans.

Bobsledder Joel Fearon, who competed at the Sochi Winter Olympics and this year became the joint third-fastest Briton over 100m by running 9.96secs, is not part of the WCPP as he is already a member of the British Bobsleigh equivalent, but will be a member of the relay squad.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “2016 was an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the Olympics and Paralympics, winning more medals in Rio than in London 2012.

“But we are now at the start of a new Olympic and Paralympic cycle, so we need to build a team that is focused towards further success and improvement at Tokyo 2020 – our selections reflect this.”

British Athletics’ WCPP is funded by the Lottery through UK Sport, with selection based upon the potential to win medals at an Olympics or Paralympics.

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