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Paul Radcliffe loses Lottery funding

Blow for Radcliffe as veteran marathon runner loses Lottery funding

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

Paula Radcliffe heads a host of athletes who have had their National Lottery funding withdrawn.

The marathon world record holder has been removed from the World Class Performance Programme for 2013, UK Athletics have confirmed.

The 39-year-old missed the London 2012 Olympics through injury and has only raced one marathon since 2009, in Beijing last year.

Cash blow: Radcliffe has been removed from the list of athletes befitting from Lottery funding

Cash blow: Radcliffe has been removed from the list of athletes benefitting from Lottery funding

UKA have narrowed the focus for funding from athletes with top-eight potential to those who are major championship medal contenders in the next Olympic cycle.

The move casts doubt over the world record holder's future in the sport after a number of setbacks in recent seasons.

Racliffe had been on podium-level funding, the highest level of Lottery support, which runs from around 13,000 to 26,000 and is in addition to non-financial help like access to coaches, facilities, medical staff and training camps.

Several other senior names have also seen their funding taken away, including Radcliffe's fellow marathon runner Mara Yamauchi, veteran sprinters Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis, European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams, former European 800m silver medallist Michael Rimmer, Commonwealth 1500m bronze medallist Steph Twell, former world 400m silver medallist Nicola Sanders and 800m runner Marilyn Okoro.

UKA said a significant number of athletes had exited the programme as they are not deemed medal contenders in 2016 or because they had not met agreed performance targets for the previous year.

Dropped: Devonish and Lewis-Fracis will also see their funding cut

Dropped: Devonish and Lewis-Fracis will also see their funding cut

UKA performance director Neil Black said: 'Being part of the World Class Performance Plan is a privilege and not a right and athletes selected will be expected to fulfil tough performance criteria.

'We have identified a very talented group of athletes for support over the coming year and I am confident that we can build on the success of the last Olympic and Paralympic cycle starting with the European Indoors in Gothenburg in March.

'Accountability is at the heart of this programme and athletes who have not met performance criteria over the last year will not receive continued support. It is undoubtedly tough, but that is performance sport.'

Athletes who impressed at the Olympics have been rewarded for their performances with increased funding.

High jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz has been promoted to podium funding, along with world junior 100m champion Adam Gemili.

Rising heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson, discus thrower Lawrence Okoye and sprint hurdler Lawrence Clarke have also been added to the podium ranks.

Leap of faith: Garabarz is one of those whose funding will be boosted

Leap of faith: Garabarz is one of those whose funding will be boosted

A further group of athletes, considered potential medallists at the 2020 Games, have been given lower-level podium potential support.

The programme also includes Paralympic athletes and amputee sprinter Jonnie Peacock has been rewarded for his T44 100m gold with podium funding.

UKA Paralympic head coach Peter Eriksson said: 'We have had to take a number of difficult decisions in this funding cycle, but this is the strongest group of athletes we have selected to the Paralympic Programme since I arrived in 2009.

'We had an outstanding Paralympic Games in London and our focus is now on bettering that in four years time.'

Dwain Chambers and Great Britain 4x100m relay team drop baton

Chambers in relay blunder as men's 4x100m team crash out after just 10 seconds

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UPDATED:

16:50 GMT, 1 July 2012

Great Britain suffered more relay embarrassment at the European Championships in Helsinki as drugs-cheat Dwain Chambers failed to exchange the baton with Christian Malcolm in the men's 4x100m event.

The team had high hopes of a medal but their attempt lasted barely 10 seconds with Malcolm losing momentum around the bend and was unable to get it to
Chambers, who was anxious to get a good start with France’s individual
100m champion Christophe Lemaitre on his outside.

What a mess: Dwain Chambers (right) and Christian Malcolm fail to exchange the baton during the 4x100m relay

What a mess: Dwain Chambers (right) and Christian Malcolm fail to exchange the baton during the 4x100m relay

The blunder comes the day after the women’s team were disqualified and failed to secure a place at their home Olympics.

It is far from the first time Britain have suffered relay woe in major championships, with dropped batons at the Olympics in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000), as well as the World Championships in Edmonton (2001), along with a disqualification at the last Olympics in Beijing and the World Championships in Daegu.

Gutted: Christian Malcolm (left), James Ellington and Dwain Chambers react to the relay shambles

Gutted: Christian Malcolm (left), James Ellington and Dwain Chambers react to the relay shambles

Inquest: The Great Britain team tries to work out what went wrong at the European Championships

Inquest: The Great Britain team tries to work out what went wrong at the European Championships

They also went out in the first round at the last European Championships in Barcelona when a poor changeover between Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis saw them finish fifth in their heat.

‘I will take responsibility,’ Malcolm said.

Rage: Chambers was furious after he and Malcolm failed to exchange the baton in Helsinki

Rage: Chambers was furious after he and Malcolm failed to exchange the baton in Helsinki

‘I lost momentum and it’s my job to get the baton into Dwain and I didn’t get it done. It was an opportunity for us all and we have messed up.

‘We thought we were going to win and we were all up for it today. It’s nothing to do with a lack of practice, it’s just one of those things. I know we like to play the blame game and I will take responsibility.’

London 2012 Olympics: Marlon Devonish backs Dwain Chambers

EXCLUSIVE: GB relay star Devonish backs return of Chambers for Olympics

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 26 April 2012

British sprinter Marlon Devonish says he has no problem running with Dwain Chambers in the Olympic relay team.

Chambers is set to have his Olympic ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning he is likely to compete in the 100 metres and 4x100m relay at London 2012.

And Devonish, who won relay gold at the Athens Games in 2004, says it improves Britain’s chances of a medal.

Marlon Devonish

Marlon Devonish

No worries: Marlon Devonish will happily run with Dwain Chambers in the relay

‘I’ve got no problem passing the baton to him or receiving it from him,’ said Devonish.

‘People make mistakes. ‘Dwain should make the relay team stronger because he’s been the fastest sprinter in Britain in the last few years.

‘It is about us doing well and the relay is our best chance.’

All smiles: Chambers is set to be cleared to run in the London Olympics

All smiles: Chambers is set to be cleared to run in the London Olympics