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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Farah & Lyne given funding boost
Mo Farah (L) and Becky Lyne
Farah (L) and Lyne impressed at the European Championships
UK Athletics have promoted five athletes to the group that receives the top level of lottery funding in 2007.

Mo Farah (5,000m), Becky Lyne (800m), Michael Rimmer (800m), Sam Ellis (800m) and Mara Yamauchi (marathon) are all on the world class podium funding list.

A total of 37 athletes are included, five down from 2006, but more can be added later on.

Sian Edwards (5,000m), who impressed at the World Junior Championships, is in the world-class development programme.

"We have taken care not to accelerate younger athletes to podium status before they are genuinely performing at that level," said UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins.

"The programme continues to ensure that the athletes being supported are those with the right processes and remain accountable.

"Therefore some have been funded on the basis that this support will be further reviewed in six months' time.

"There can be a temptation to fill every available space on a funding programme.

"However the choice of athletes affords us the opportunity for additions later on in the year, as well as a certain amount of flexibility."


British athletes on Athletes on the lottery funded world class performance programme:

Sprints/hurdles: Tim Benjamin, Tasha Danvers Smith, Malachi Davis, Marlon Devonish, Donna Fraser, Jason Gardener, Graham Hedman, Mark Lewis-Francis, Lee McConnell, Christian Malcolm, Abi Oyepitan, Martyn Rooney, Nicola Sanders, Rob Tobin, Andy Turner, Rhys Williams.

Field/Combined events: Nathan Douglas, Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu, Jade Johnson, Dean Macey, Germaine Mason, Greg Rutherford, Goldie Sayers, Kelly Sotherton, Chris Tomlinson.

Middle distance/Endurance: Jon Brown, Kathy Butler, Michael East, Sam Ellis, Mo Farah, Becky Lyne, Nick McCormick, Jo Pavey, Paula Radcliffe, Michael Rimmer, Mara Yamauchi.

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