National governing body names the 112 athletes to be offered support through its World Class Performance Programme

British Athletics has announced the selection of 112 athletes to its Olympic and Paralympic World Class Performance Programmes (WCPP) in 2017-18.

A total of 15 athletes have been offered ‘Olympic Podium’ membership on the WCPP, while 31 are listed for ‘Paralympic Podium’ support, 23 for ‘Olympic Podium Potential’, 18 for ‘Paralympic Podium Potential’ and 25 for ‘Olympic Relays’. The total figure of athletes offered support is six fewer than in 2016-17.

“British Athletics must be confident in demonstrating that any athlete offered membership of the WCP is a realistic potential 2020 or 2024 Olympic medallist in either individual or relay events or a realistic potential 2020 or 2024 Paralympic medallist,” the governing body said.

Among those dropped from the Olympic Podium list are world, European and Commonwealth 100m hurdles medallist Tiffany Porter and world long jump medallist Shara Proctor, while world marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins and Nick Miller, who placed sixth in the hammer final in London, have been promoted to that level of support.

Mo Farah retains his WCPP support as the 10-time global gold medallist’s career moves from the track to the road.

Sprinters Adam Gemili and Zharnel Hughes are also on the Olympic Podium list, while Gemili’s fellow world 4x100m gold medallists Danny Talbot, CJ Ujah and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who also placed fourth in the world 200m final, are listed for Olympic Relays. Rio 2016 and London 2017 squad member Harry Aikines-Aryeetey is among those to miss out completely.

There are seven para athletes who have moved up to Paralympic Podium funding including World Para Athletics Championships gold medallists Olivia Breen, Sophie Kamlish and Sammi Kinghorn.

Debutants on the Olympic Podium Potential level include Tom Gale, who made a major breakthrough in the high jump this year in leaping 2.30m as well as winning European junior bronze, and Niamh Emerson, who moved to third on the UK under-20 heptathlon rankings this year.

In the Paralympic equivalent, fourth-placed athletes at the World Para Athletics Championships Martina Barber, Luke Sinnott and Zak Skinner are among the additions.

Kate Avery, Chris Baker, Meghan Beesley, Alexandra Bell, Chris Bennett, Dan Bramble, Tom Farrell, Jade Lally, Scott Lincoln and Isobel Pooley are among those dropped from Olympic Podium Potential funding, while endurance runners Guy Learmonth, Laura Weightman Charlotte Purdue were also omitted from the programme. However, Dewi Griffiths is among the additions following his 2:09:49 marathon debut in Frankfurt.

“On the back of the most successful World Para Athletics Championships in the modern era, and achieving our medal targets and finishing fourth in the placings table at the IAAF World Championships this summer, our World Class Programme reflects upon the criteria for medal potential as we progress through the Tokyo cycle ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020,” said British Athletics performance director, Neil Black.

“I’d like to thank the National Lottery and UK Sport for their continued investment in the World Class Programme. The support enables our athletes to be the best prepared in their quest for success in the coming years as we build to towards the 2020 and 2024 Games.”

On Farah’s move to the roads, he added: “It will be Mo’s first year committing to performances on the road, and he is still exploring options of how this will progress. There is the possibility that he could represent the British team at a major championship over the marathon distance in the future, so we will monitor this first year and continue to support him in his ambitions.”

Regarding the support packages in place for Nigel Levine and James Ellington, who sustained serious injuries in a motorbike crash in January, Black explained how there are different plans in place for each athlete.

“Nigel’s recovery from that accident is at an advanced stage in terms of his ability to compete again. As such we are able to retain him on the WCPP in his capacity as a relay athlete,” Black said.

“Whilst James won’t be funded by the WCPP in 2018, in co-operation with UK Sport, British Athletics will maintain the support package and APA (Athlete Personal Award) to him at the same levels with a series of pre-agreed quarterly progress targets in place whilst we oversee his continued rehabilitation following the injuries he sustained last year.”

Athletes offered support through the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) 2017-18

(Coach in brackets. Athletes can use their discretion should they not wish to accept membership to the WCPP)

Olympic Podium

Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie)
Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson)
Mo Farah (Gary Lough)
Adam Gemili (Rana Reider)
Robbie Grabarz (Fuzz Caan)
Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins)
Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson)
Zharnel Hughes (Glen Mills)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin)
Nick Miller (Tore Gustafsson)
Laura Muir (Andy Young)
Cindy Ofili
Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff)
Lynsey Sharp (Terrence Mahon)
Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson)

Paralympic Podium

Kare Adenegan (Job King)
Hollie Arnold
Paul Blake (Rob Ellchuk)
Olivia Breen (Aston Moore)
Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Paul Harrison)
Mickey Bushell (Jenny Archer)
Jo Butterfield (Philip Peat / Shona Malcolm)
Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks)
Libby Clegg (Joe McDonnell) – Chris Clarke (guide runner)
Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks)
Kadeena Cox (Brian Scobie)
Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones)
Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes)
Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson)
Toby Gold (Jenni Banks)
Dan Greaves (John Godina)
Sophie Hahn (Joe McDonnell)
David Henson (Roger Keller)
Georgie Hermitage (Paul MacGregor)
Jordan Howe (Christian Malcolm)
Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk)
Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin)
Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie)
Stephen Miller (Ros Miller)
Jonnie Peacock (Michael Khmel / Dan Pfaff)
Gemma Prescott (Mike Wood)
Stef Reid (Aston Moore)
Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins)
Isaac Towers (Jenni Banks)
Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine)

Olympic Podium Potential

Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake)
Andrew Butchart (Terrence Mahon)
Taylor Campbell (John Pearson)
Rosie Clarke (David Harmer)
Niamh Emerson (David Feeney)
Tom Gale (Denis Doyle)
Charlie Grice (Jon Bigg)
Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg)
Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans)
Adam Hague (Trevor Fox)
David King (James Hillier)
Morgan Lake (Fuzz Caan)
Kyle Langford (Jon Bigg)
Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall)
Sarah McDonald (David Harmer)
Andrew Pozzi (Benke Blomkvist)
David Omoregie (Brigitte Foster-Hylton)
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg)
Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman)
Katie Snowden (Rob Denmark)
Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow)
Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman)
Callum Wilkinson (Andi Drake)

Paralympic Podium Potential

Martina Barber (Paddy O’Shea)
Craig Boardman (Richard Chiassaro)
Dan Bramall (Peter Wyman)
Shaun Burrows (Joe McDonnell)
Kylie Grimes (Philip Peat)
Mo Jomni (Jenny Archer)
Rhys Jones (Christian Malcolm)
Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins)
Polly Maton (Colin Baross)
Stephen Morris (James Thie)
Derek Rae (Ron Morrison)
Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin)
Zac Shaw (Joe McDonnell)
Luke Sinnott (Roger Keller)
Zak Skinner (Aston Moore)
Laura Sugar (Joe McDonnell)
Vanessa Wallace (Alison O’Riordan)
Eve Walsh-Dann (Roger Sexton)

Olympic Relays

Finette Agyapong (Coral Nourrice)
Seren Bundy-Davies (Matt Elias)
Cameron Chalmers (James Hillier)
Zoey Clark (Eddie McKenna)
Dwayne Cowan (Lloyd Cowan)
Emily Diamond (Jared Deacon)
Eilidh Doyle (Brian Doyle)
Ojie Edoburun (Steve Fudge)
Miguel Francis (Glen Mills)
Desiree Henry (Rana Reider)
Matt Hudson Smith (Lance Brauman)
Richard Kilty
Imani Lansiquot (Steve Fudge)
Nigel Levine (Linford Christie)
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dennis Shaver)
Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka)
Laviai Nielsen (Christine Bowmaker)
Daryll Neita (Jonas Dodoo)
Asha Philip (Steve Fudge)
Reece Prescod (Jonas Dodoo)
Martyn Rooney (Graham Hedman)
Danny Talbot (Benke Blomkvist)
Chijindu Ujah (Stuart McMillan)
Delano Williams (Stephen Francis)
Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams)