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CJ Ujah will be selected for GB once doping ban is over

CJ Ujah has been told he can return to the Great Britain fold once he has served his drugs ban, which ends on June 5, 2023.

The 28-year-old was slapped a with a backdated 22-month ban after failing a drug test which resulted in Team GB being stripped of their silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the 4x100metre relay.

Ujah had tested positive for banned substances ostarine and S-23 back in August last year, denying the Team GB quartet – which also included Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – silver. Despite the suspension, he was cleared of intentionally taking a prohibited substance by the Athletics Integrity Unit and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The 28-year-old admitted that he had “unknowingly consumed a contaminated substance” and said that he would “regret for the rest of his life” the situation.

Ujah will be available for next year’s World Championships in Hungary and after his ban was confirmed, new UK Athletics technical director Stephen Maguire insisted he will be in the frame for the British team if he is quick enough.

“If he’s available to compete we will select him. I haven’t spoken to CJ in a couple of years. He made a mistake and that’s clear,” he said. “I need to see what the environment is like. CJ, first of all, has to run fast anyway.

“It’s looking at that environment and where it all fits. Hopefully things go easy for CJ in coming back and it would be great to have that choice in selecting CJ. The 100m and 4x100m is going to be tough for anyone.

“I’ll definitely be chatting to CJ. I’ve (also) had a couple of conversations with the BOA (British Olympic Association). It’s getting to know them now the CJ news has broken. He’s eligible next year. It’s a conversation I’ll need to have.”

CJ Ujah cleared of taking banned drugs

CJ Ujah, whose failed doping test cost Team GB Olympic relay sprint team silver, has been cleared of deliberately taking banned drugs.

As a result of the new ruling, the Athletics Integrity Unit and the World Anti-Doping Agency will allow him to return to competition next year.

Ujah, who initially faced a potential four-year ban from the sport, had consistently insisted he did not knowingly take ostarine and S-23, adding it “is something I will regret for the rest of my life”.

However, the British men’s sprint relay quartet’s career-defining performances in the 4x100m Tokyo final last year remains deleted from the history books.

Ujah had run the opening leg but then tested positive for two prohibited substances, ostarine and S-23.

The AIU has now confirmed, however, that Ujah is now serving a reduced term of 22 months, which means he can return to racing next June.

“The AIU and Wada were satisfied that the sprinter’s anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was not intentional as a result of his ingestion of a contaminated supplement and the applicable two-year period of ineligibility was reduced by two months on account of how promptly he admitted the violation,” a statement from the AIU says.

Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, added: “In this case, after a thorough examination of the facts, we were satisfied that Mr Ujah did indeed ingest a contaminated supplement, but he was unable to demonstrate that he was entitled to any reduction in the applicable period of ineligibility based on his level of fault. “Taking supplements is risky for athletes as they can be contaminated or even adulterated with prohibited substances. Athletes owe it to their fellow competitors to be 100 per cent certain before putting anything into their body.

If there’s the slightest doubt, leave it out.” It remains to be seen how his relay team-mates Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will take the news, having been all been stripped of medals over the furore.

Kilty has previously said he felt “let down” by his team-mate, adding how the team “heard nothing from” Ujah for six or seven weeks and they “didn’t have a clue” when the positive test was first disclosed after the Games. “Then we had a Zoom call maybe six weeks ago, and he just said to us that he thinks it was in a supplement,” Kilty added. “The supplements he was taking were not Informed Sport, which is not following the rules. As a team-mate I feel let down. For the last 20 years of my career – the same as the other two lads – we have worked our asses off. We have followed the rules, in and out.”

The British relay team automatically forfeited their medals in February, after Ujah did not challenge his adverse analytical finding at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing.

Ujah previously said: “I would like to make it clear that I unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement and this was the reason why an anti-doping rule violation occurred at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

 

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Marcell Jacobs strikes gold at Euro Championships

Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs proved the naysayers wrong when he striked to gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships held in Munich.

The world Indoor 60m champion was kept out of action due to a virus that laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

The European record holder brought the showdown when he clocked a championship record-equaling time of 9.95 seconds.

The British sprinter Zharnel Hughes who was also the defending champion was forced to settle in second place in a time of 9.99seconds with another Briton, Jeremiah Azu, taking bronze in 10.13

Laura Muir sends warning to rivals as she targets World Championships medal

Laura Muir fired a warning to her rivals and insisted she is more dangerous than ever.

The 29-year-old opens her fifth World Championships campaign in the 1500m heats in Eugene on Friday.

Muir is targeting a first medal at the World Championships having finished fourth in London five years ago and fifth in Doha in 2019.

She battled foot and calf injuries in the build-up to her last two championships but, after last summer’s 1500m Olympic silver medal, feels she has established herself.

“We’ve done it now and that takes the pressure off a bit and if anything it makes me more dangerous,” said the Scot, who finished fifth in Beijing in 2015 and made the 800m semi-finals two years earlier.

“I don’t have that weight on my shoulders. I can go out there and be more relaxed. When I’m relaxed I run better.

“It’s nice to go in and not have that pressure on myself to know you have to get this medal or we’ve never won a global outdoor medal. I don’t have to prove myself.

“In Doha it was the second fastest time I had ever run, in a championship final as well. It was incredibly frustrating to run one of the fastest times ever in history and I wasn’t even fourth, I was fifth.

“That was off the back of an injury so what could I have done if I’d not had an injury? That was the most significant one I’d had in my career.

“If anything it highlighted a couple of areas I was weak in and, off the back of that, we worked really hard to make those weakness a lot stronger. I don’t know if I would have been as fast, strong and as robust for the Olympics had it not been for the injury.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow but I’m physically fitter and stronger now than I would have been.

“Hopefully this year I can add the elusive World Championships medal, fifth time lucky.”

Yet, Muir will still need to overcome Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who beat her to Olympic gold in Japan last year and has not lost since Tokyo.

“Man or woman, she’s the best 1500m runner this world has ever seen,” said Muir. “She’s been in every single world finals since 2015, maybe 2013, and almost every time has won a medal, as well as back-to-back Olympics and having a child.

“She is an amazing, amazing athlete and it’s an honour to run alongside her even though she’s very, very fast.”

The Championships in Oregon start a frantic summer for Muir who is also due to compete at the Commonwealth Games for Scotland before the European Championships in Munich in August.

“Even just a medal at one championships is huge,” said Muir, looking to defend her 1500m European title from 2018. “Who knows, but to medal at all three within a short space of time, that would be crazy.  That would be fantastic.

“That’s what I set out at the start of the year – to run in all championships and win a medal at all three.

“I’ve just got to try and not get too carried away with thinking about that just now and trying to focus on one championship at a time.”

Muir is joined in the heats by Katie Snowden and Melissa Courtney-Bryant while Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes run in the 100m heats.

Nick Miller (hammer) and Sophie McKinna (shot put) compete while Holly Bradshaw is aiming to add to her Olympic bronze when she begins her pole vault qualification.

The 4x400m mixed relay team also have the chance to win Great Britain’s first medal with the heats and the final on the opening day at Hayward Field.

Source: independent.co.uk

Reece Prescod runs first sub-10 by a European in Ostrava

The 2018 European 100m bronze medallist, Reece Prescod ran the first sub-10 by a European at the Ostrava Golden Spike which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level meeting held on Tuesday (31) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The 26 year-old made a stunning return to form when he blasted to victory with a new personal best of 9.93 into a headwind and was followed by former world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica and fellow Brit Zharnel Hughes, both of whom clocked 10.05 seconds.

Africa’s second fastest man Akani Simbine downed his Season’s Best with a 10.06 second and was followed closely by Sri Lanka’s and South Asia record holder Yupun Abekyoon in 10.08 seconds, just outside his personal best set over a week ago.

US teen sprint sensation who broke Usain Bolt’s world record

Erriyon Knighton is only 18, but his name is already being spoken in the same breath as sprint legend Usain Bolt.

Track athletics phenom Knighton already has a sub-10 second time in the men’s 100m and became the first American teenager to ever run the 200m under 20 seconds, a feat he has repeated several times.

In the longer sprint distance he broke eight-time gold medallist Bolt’s world Under-20 record that had stood unbeaten for 18 years, and has also bettered the world U18 best.

The fast-rising star is a favourite to make a debut at the World Athletics Championships that will be held in July 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Here are the top things to know about one of America’s most promising sprinters, who finished fourth in the 200m at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

Knighton’s first sport was football

Just two years ago, the 1.91m (6 foot 3 inch) teenager, who takes his height from his father, a former basketball player, was focused on outrunning the cornerbacks lined up against him on the American football pitch.

The wide receiver at Tampa Hillsborough High School seemed keen to pursue his sporting interests in the NFL, and several of the best American colleges with strong football programmes were keen to draft the speedy teen.

But with most team sports restricted due to the pandemic, Knighton opted to focus on his other passion – track.

“I only started running track in the ninth grade,” Knighton said in an interview with the BBC on his start in athletics as a freshman.

“Before then you could have asked me what 100m was and I wouldn’t have known. I knew nothing about track. By the end of that year, I realised that I was kind of separated from the pack and faster than most people.”

 He’s a world record holder

It turned out to be a smooth switch from football cleats to spikes.

The then 16-year-old was in a class of his own as he shattered the 15-16 age group record with a 20.33 run in the 200m at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

That race from August 2020 was also the fastest in the U.S. and a huge improvement of his personal best of 20.89.

The previous 15-16 age group record was 20.62 set by Tyrese Cooper from 2016.

The Florida native, who opted to turn professional in January 2021, was just getting started. He dashed to 9.99 seconds but with an high tailwind (+2.7) rendering his time illegal.

Despite that, Knighton had become the third high school sprinter to break 10 seconds, after Trayvon Bromell (9.99, +4.0) in 2013 and Matthew Boling (9.98 +4.2) in 2019.

Five months after that, he blew away a field that included Bromell and Commonwealth Games champion Zharnel Hughes, bettering Bolt’s World U18 best of 20.13 seconds set in 2003.

Knighton ran 20.11.

That mark qualified him for the USATF Olympic Trials where “he put on the gas as he had a world champion chasing him down”.

The 17-year-old made the final of the Olympic Trials, where he achieved several historic firsts.

He topped the 200m semi-finals with a blistering 19.91 seconds, beating world gold medallist Noah Lyles, who had trailed him in the heat again.

The mark surpassed Bolt’s world U20 record from 2004 of 19.93 seconds and also bettered the world U18 best he had run three weeks earlier.

A day later Knighton punched his ticket to Tokyo 2020 with a third-place finish in the 200m in 19.84 seconds behind Lyles and Kenny Bednarek, again lowering the world U20 record.

“I did good. I’m on the team. I’m 17. I can’t complain with that,“ he said after becoming the first high schooler since 1972 to represent Team USA at the Olympics.

Knighton has his eye on Usain Bolt’s senior world record

The young American began his 2022 outdoor season with another quick one on April 30.

He ran the fourth-fastest men’s 200m ever at the LSU Invitational of 19.49, a new world U20 record. Only Bolt [19.19], Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32) have run faster.

After improving the junior world records several times, he is now eyeing another of Bolt’s world bests – the 19.19 he ran at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

“I just want to keep shaving down on my personal best,” he told NBC sport.

“I want the world record. But if it doesn’t come, I won’t be really bothered about it. I’ve still got 10 years left.” – Erriyon Knighton to NBC Sports.

Erriyon Knighton: “I want to be a world champion”

Knighton was outstanding in his first major competition in Tokyo, where he just missed the Olympic podium and became the youngest teen since Jim Ryun in 1964 to represent the United States.

He finished fourth in 19.93 seconds behind the Olympic champion Canadian Andre De Grasse, silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, and bronze winner Noah Lyles.

“In Tokyo, I was kinda upset that I had lost, but I just had to think about the big picture and the long run,” Knighton who is coached by Jonathan Terry told the BBC.

“I get called young every day, I am going to be 24 in 2028, that is in two more Olympics and still kind of young. I think about that all the time.

“As I grow older I am going to get stronger and faster. I am not the perfect 200m runner, I am still learning as I run it.”

He was the third American in that race behind Lyles and Bednarek, which puts him in a good position to punch his ticket to a home championship in Oregon.

“I want to be world champion, or I want to be on the podium,” he said.

Sprint start is still a high schooler

Knighton remains focused on his studies at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.

The sprinter took a break from class when he turned pro with Adidas but is now expected to graduate later this spring.

“There were a lot of people wanting to take pictures with me at the start of the school year. I think I signed an autograph actually, it got that chaotic,” he recalled of his early days back in school.

“It has calmed down now. Now everyone just walks past me just like, ‘Hey, Erriyon’. In other schools in the area, people say to my classmates ‘you go to school with Erriyon’, but for people in my school they see me every day, so it ain’t nothing.”

Source: olympics.com

How athletics became addicted to supplements

At times during her two-year doping ban, South African 100 metres record holder Carina Horn’s depression plunged to such depths that she considered taking her own life. “I thought about getting in the car, drinking whatever and driving at 200kph,” she admitted.

Horn’s crime was to be lured into a glitzy, celebrity-endorsed, multi-billion pound sports supplement industry that promises so much, but has the capacity to ruin careers.

Forced to fly directly to South Africa from a competition in Switzerland due to visa issues, Horn had been without her usual arsenal of trusted supplements – legal dietary products that aid physical performance – which had remained at her training base in Austria.

Attempting to walk the precarious tightrope of maximising her physical potential while not straying into the realms of illegality, she bought some replacement supplements over the counter in South Africa. When two of those – including the startlingly-named Mutant Madness – turned out to be contaminated with illegal substances, Horn fell foul of doping regulations and had her world rocked overnight.

It was a familiar feeling for the GB men’s 4x100m team last week when they were formally stripped of their Olympic silver medal following CJ Ujah’s failed drugs test. While three of them – Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – suffered the harshest punishment through no fault of their own, Ujah has been left fighting for his reputation and career.

Having not challenged the result of his positive test for two banned muscle-building substances, Ostarine and S-23, he instead sought to explain the offence while awaiting sanction.

Like Horn, Ujah said he “unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement”. According to Kilty, Ujah told team-mates the supplement had not been batch-tested and therefore was not certified for use by Informed Sport, a standard that British Athletics insists athletes adhere to.

Although precise details will not emerge until Ujah’s case concludes and the authorities determine whether his contamination argument is valid, the overriding question is why Ujah felt the need to risk his livelihood by taking such supplements.

A 2001 study funded by the International Olympic Committee into 634 supplements from 13 different Western countries found 14.8 per cent contained prohibited substances not listed on the label. Yet despite athletes being solely responsible for everything in their body, regardless of how it got there, and all leading anti-doping organisations warning against supplement use, it is almost unheard of for an international-level athlete not to take a supplement of some form.

“We understand that supplement use is very common,” said UK Anti-Doping head of education Paul Moss. “It’s a multi-billion dollar industry with some really aggressive marketing campaigns around it. It’s there and it’s not going to stop.

“It’s really difficult when you have a supplement with the face of a global superstar sportsperson endorsing it and saying it has changed their life.”

Aware that telling athletes not to take supplements is a futile battle, authorities instead urge them to use organisations like Informed Sport to ensure substances are batch-tested and certified. For British athletes, it is a message regularly promoted, including in a 45-minute mandatory workshop before last summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

“I can’t just go into a Holland & Barrett and pick up any protein shake off the shelf,” said Kilty. “You’ve got to follow the rules and that means checking all of your supplements. Preferably not taking supplements if you can, but we all do take supplements, but they are all on Informed Sport.”

One sprinter who competed at the Tokyo Games told Telegraph Sport that supplements are seen as “100 per cent legal performance enhancers” in a sport where medals are decided by miniscule margins.

Olympic and world 4x400m relay medalist Martyn Rooney explained: “You’re pushing your body to the limit so you need to support it as much as you can. You supplement with whatever you need to take on.

“It’s just trying to maximise your body without delving into banned substances. From an athlete’s point of view it’s a normal part of life and as long as you’re using Informed Sport it should be fine.”

The problem comes from a discrepancy in standards worldwide. While the 2001 study found an almost 15 per cent supplement contamination rate in Western countries, the risk in more developing countries might be far higher.

Brett Clothier, head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, said: “The reality is that in the majority of places around the world, athletes can’t get access to those reputable supplements so it becomes really risky. It’s really difficult to guarantee anything. That’s why our advice, as a general rule to all athletes, is not to take supplements.”

With a reduction in length of the mandatory four-year doping ban available if athletes can prove a failed test is due to inadvertent ingestion such as supplement contamination, Moss admits that does “at times mean defences are built on spurious attempts to show this when a deliberate doping offence has been made”.

However, of 90 worldwide athletics doping cases that have concluded since the start of 2020, only six have involved supplement contamination, of which three were successfully argued and resulted in shorter bans. Horn’s was one of them.

Analysis of the alarming 10 supplements (including nutritional aids, vitamins, painkillers and sleeping tablets) she was taking at the time of her failed test in 2019 found two were contaminated with the banned substances Ibutamoren and Ligandrol.

Horn also proved she had contacted the chief executive of the supplement company prior to purchase, who wrongly confirmed the products were safe for elite athletes.

“I’d done all my homework, spoken to my coach, and spoken to the CEO so I thought it was all good,” she said. “But it doesn’t matter how much research you do.”

Having concluded Horn had “by the very narrowest of margins” demonstrated the failed test was unintentional, the AIU banned her for two years.

While Ujah’s fate remains unknown, Horn is now free to return to competition after her suspension expired in September. Burned by her experience, she is ready to test the anti-doping agencies’ theories that you can win without additional aid.

“I now don’t feel comfortable taking any supplements,” she said. “I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

“This upcoming season, I’m not going to take anything at all – just Red Bull, Powerade and water. So I will 100 per cent see how much supplements actually help you.”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Great Britain stripped of Olympic silver medal after Ujah doping confirmed

Great Britain’s 4x100m relay team has been stripped of its Olympic silver medal in the men’s 4x100m relay that they won in Tokyo last August after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Chijindu Ujah’s anti-doping violation on Friday.

Ujah has been provisionally suspended since Ostarine and S-23 — both substances prohibited by World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) — were detected in his sample in Tokyo.

The CAS had the hearing in November but only revealed on Friday. It found that the 27-year-old sprinter did have two banned substances in a urine sample, ostarine and S-23, which are known as selective androgen receptor modulators that mimic testosterone in the body.

Ujah had blamed his failed test on a contaminated supplement. However under the strict liability rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency that is no defence.

The British men’s quartet of Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake missed out on the 4x100m title by just a hundredth of a second in Tokyo, as the anchor-leg runner Mitchell-Blake was overhauled on the line by Italy’s Filippo Tortu.

Canada will now be upgraded to silver with China moving into the bronze medal position. “I accept the decision issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport today with sadness,” Ujah said in a statement issued by UK Athletics.

“I would like to make it clear that I unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement and this was the reason why an anti-doping rule violation occurred at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “I would like to apologise to my teammates, their families and support teams for the impact which this has had on them. I’m sorry that this situation has cost my teammates the medals they worked so hard and so long for, and which they richly deserved. That is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”

Seb Coe: Track and field dopers are “architects of their own downfall”

Seb Coe says British sprinter CJ Ujah’s ongoing doping case is a painful reminder that athletics is committed to cleaning up its act.

Ujah is provisionally suspended having tested positive for a banned substance after helping Team GB win an Olympic sprint relay silver medal in Tokyo.

The case is with the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and as the year ends the 27-year old has yet to learn his fate.

Ujah insists he is “not a cheat” and has “never and would never knowingly take a banned substance”.

Lord Coe, a former chairman of the British Olympic Association, said that “of course” he would be disappointed were the case against the Londoner to be proven.

It would mean not only him, but team mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, losing their medals and Team GB giving up the notable achievement of matching their 65-medal haul of London 2012.

But Coe, boss of World Athletics, added that from a broader perspective the case provided further evidence of track and field’s increased determination to protect its competitive integrity.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe ( Image: PA)

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“So, yes, I am disappointed in so far as every positive is not a good story. But in a way it does show that we are at least tackling this issue now and we are a federation who are not doing junk tests.

“We are not sitting there saying we have hundreds of thousands of meaningless tests. We are doing it in a very systemic and effective way. We will continue to that.”

World champions Christian Coleman and Salwa Eid Naser both missed Tokyo due to bans, as did 2016 Olympic hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal.

Ahead of the delayed Games, Coe even warned: “There is a greater chance of (cheats) being caught than probably any previous Games.”

Last night he added: “I want athletes to recognise that it really doesn’t matter where they reside, what systems they are in, whether they come from small, medium-sized, large, powerful federations.

“The philosophy is pretty simple, everybody will be treated exactly the same way. I think it is demonstrating that.”

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