Paula Radcliffe's name was conspicuous by its absence today when UK Athletics released the list of competitors who will receive funding from the National Lottery. Radcliffe, along with fellow marathon runner Mara Yamauchi, were both removed from the UKA World Class Performance Programme with the organisation narrowing its focus to those who are likely to be medal contenders in Rio 2016.
After a disappointing year that culminated in her withdrawal from London 2012, the UKA announcement means Paula will no longer receive podium-level funding, 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.
The UKA performance director, Neil Black, commented: "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." Adding: "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."
A full list of the athletes selected for support from the World Class Performance Programme is available on the UK Athletics website.