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UK Athletics names only 17 athletes on top-level funding for next Olympics

UK ATHLETICS has announced its list of athletes who will receive potentially career-defining funding as the summer Olympics scheduled for Paris in 2024 heave into view.

Among them is Keely Hodgkinson, who has been offered top level funding on the British Athletics Olympic world class programme.

The 19-year-old won 800m silver at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, smashing Kelly Holmes’s British record, which had stood since 1995, by almost a second.

In March she became the youngest British winner at the European Athletics Indoor Championships for more than half a century and the youngest ever 800m European indoor champion, despite not being on full funding.

Performance director Sara Symington said: “As we start the Paris cycle, and longer-term Los Angeles 2028, we made a number of informed decisions in regard to the world-class programme membership that aligns with our strategic priorities.

“We will work closely with the 67 athlete-and-coach pairings that we are offering membership to, and will look to add support and value in their journey via their individual athlete plan,” she droned.

“The selection process is robust and lengthy and we use a lot of data which is complemented by the knowledge of our event leads to inform the decision-making process.

“We have given careful consideration to those athletes who meet the selection criteria and performance matrix which align to the future ambitions of the world class programme.”

Josh Kerr moves up to podium-level funding after winning 1500m bronze in Japan, as do Andrew Pozzi, Jemma Reekie and Jazmin Sawyers.

Alex Bell, who came seventh in the 800m final, has been offered podium funding just two years after saying she was considering taking legal action against UK Athletics after being overlooked for funding for Tokyo.

They join Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Gemili, with just 17 athletes on top-level funding. Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes have been downgraded to relay funding only, despite Hughes reaching the 100m Olympic final.

Olympic finalists Lizzie Bird, Jake Heyward and Marc Scott are among the athletes to be offered membership at podium potential level. Andrew Butchart, CJ Ujah and Tom Bosworth have seen their funding cut.

Source: morningstaronline.co.uk

Timothy Cheruiyot to give a talk at BMC endurance day

Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot has been invited to talk at the British Milers’ Club event that will be held at Leeds Beckett University on Sunday November 14, 2021.

Cheruiyot who is the World 1500m champion will tag along his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma and they will give the talk on European Endurance Conference.

The 25 year-old will talk about the secrets of his success at a British Milers’ Club (BMC) coaching day.

Neville Taylor, one of the BMC coaches organising the day, says: “We have put together a great programme with UK and overseas presenters. “We see it has a benefit to both coaches and athletes and it forms part of the BMC’s coach education strategy. “Apart from a full day of presentations there are two practical training sessions with international coaches and major championship medallists.”

The day, which is supported by England Athletics at the university’s Headingley Campus, begins with an introduction from Tim Brennan and a talk from Norman Poole on “aspects of the 800m”. James Thie will then give a lecture entitled “The Coach!” before an 11am practical session led by David Lowes, Andy Henderson and Mark Vile.

After lunch Cheruiyot and Ouma will speak with Geoff Wightman in front of the audience.

Thie will then interview Andy Young, the coach of Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, before another practical session involving Becky Lyne and Marilyn Okoro as they explain their “Gracefull Running” philosophy.

Laura Muir named Scottish Athlete of Year

Tokyo 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir was  named Scottish Athlete of the Year for 2021 at the 4J Annual Awards that were held on Saturday (9) night in Glasgow.

“We’re more than two months on from Tokyo but it still feels very odd,” said Muir, whose coach Andy Young won Performance Coach of the Year. “When you work so hard for something for so long and then you finally achieve it there is a sense at times that it is not real. I look at the medal sometimes and it is very strange.

Muir was competing against the short-list of fellow Olympic medallist Josh Kerr as well as training partner Jemma Reekie and Eilish McColgan.

Laura Muir to run for Scotland at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Scottish Olympic medallists Laura Muir and Josh Kerr have had their Commonwealth Games places confirmed. Eilish McColgan, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Andy Butchart will also be in the Birmingham 2022 team after their summer achievements in Tokyo.

The event runs from 28 July to 8 August next year. In a hectic 2022 schedule, the World Championships are in Oregon from 15-24 July, while Munich stages the European Championships from 11-21 August. Muir smashed the British record to finish behind defending champion Faith Kipyegon in the 1500m in Japan.

Kerr finished third over the same distance in a personal best time, while Wightman also made the final. Reekie ran her fastest race to date in Tokyo but had to settle for a fourth place over 800m after she was caught on the line.

McColgan failed to qualify for the 5,000m final after being clipped by opponents but went on to reach the 10,000m final, coming in ninth. Butchart was the only British athlete to make the men’s 5,000m final, finishing 11th.

Can Wightman make it a Commonwealth collection?

 Wightman has a 1500m bronze from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after coming fourth in the 800m on the Gold Coast. Butchart missed out with a broken foot, while Muir did not compete because she was concentrating on her veterinary medicine exams. McColgan finished sixth in the 1500m and 5,000m in Australia, having also come in sixth when competing in the steeplechase at Glasgow 2014.

Last month, she beat her personal best over 10,000m in winning the Great Manchester Run in 30 minutes 52 seconds. And, after winning silver and bronze medals for Great Britain, the 30-year-old believes it’s “the perfect time” to win one for Scotland. “I certainly feel more motivated than ever to win a medal for Scotland,” she told BBC Scotland. “It’s not going to be easy but after the year I’ve had, I feel I’m in the best shape of my life.”

Kerr and Reekie will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in Birmingham. “I have no doubt the atmosphere will be electric and I’m looking forward to bringing a medal home to Scotland,” said Kerr.

Jemma Reekie wins the 5th Avenue Mile

British Olympian Jemma Reekie won the 5th Avenue Mile that was held on Sunday (12) in New York City.

Reekie has had a busy season, an 800-meter specialist. She missed out on an Olympic medal in the 800 meters in Tokyo, finishing fourth in that race in a personal best of 1:56.90—0.09 seconds from the bronze medal. In all, she’s raced the 800 meters 14 times in 2021, the most recent at the Diamond League meet in Zurich three days ago.

The 23 year-old was more than a second faster than United States Nikki Hiltz who came in second in a time of 4:23.3. Shannon Osika also from the United States closed the first three podium finishes in 4:23.2.

Reekie told the media that her strategy was simple: Don’t think; just run. “I didn’t put too much thought behind it, I just kind of zoned out until the last wee bit,” she told USATF.tv after the race.

She pocketed over kshs 500,000 ($5,000) for the first prize with Hiltz earning over Kshs 350,000, ($3,500), and Osika taking home over Kshs 250,000 ($2,500).

LEADING RESULTS

WOMEN

  1. Jemma Reekie      (BRT) 4:21.6
  2. Nikki Hiltz            (USA) 4:23.2
  3. Shannon Osika     (USA) 4:23.3