Athletes aiming to strike jackpot after receiving lottery funding

THE names of the athletes that will receive lottery funding for the Olympic Games in 2012 have been revealed.

World champions Mo Farah and Dai Greene will be supported by the top ‘Podium’ level of the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP), as will others such as silver medallists Phillips Idowu, Jessica Ennis and Hannah England and bronze medallist Andy Turner.

American-born hurdler Tiffany Porter and triple jumper Yamile Aldama, who was born in Cuba will now also receive full podium level support, while discus champion Lawrence Okoye has been included in the development squad along with marathon runner Scott Overall.

Van Commenee said: “The athletes selected onto the programme will deservedly be given support from UKA and the National Lottery and these people will perform to the highest possible standard for the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team on the international stage.

“The funding made available to UKA from the National Lottery enables our athletes to work with the best coaches and other support staff to ensure they got the best possible preparation for when they pull on a Great Britain vest.”

European silver medallist Mark Lewis-Francis receives relay funding after a poor 2011 which saw him disqualified from the World Championship trials for a false start and current Paralympic champion David Weir is among 25 Paralympians given podium level funding.

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