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Meadows hopes for funding upgrade

Jenny Meadows celebrates her World Championships bronze
Meadows finished only 0.03 seconds off silver in Berlin

Britain's Jenny Meadows is hoping her medal-winning performance at the World Championships last month will lead to an increase in Lottery funding.

Meadows is on development status of about £8,000 and believes her 800m bronze in Berlin should put her on podium funding of £23,000.

"I'm hoping to make the most of the opportunity I've got because of the medal," Meadows, 28, told BBC Sport.

UK athletics chief executive Niels de Vos suggested an increase was likely.

He told BBC Radio 5 live on Monday: "Being a world finalist gets you to the top tier and being a medallist gets you to the top of the top tier, so I'm sure Jenny will have her wishes granted in terms of core funding."

Meadows will will find out in October whether she will receive more money and says it has been a struggle to make ends meet this year.

"I am pretty certain it will improve from my current status," added the Wigan athlete.

"Hopefully I can class myself as a podium athlete and that will categorise me to get that funding.

"My husband (coach Trevor Painter) and I have survived on one wage for two years. It's been really tough. We have had to rely on our family to support us.

"We go twice a year for warm-weather training and there is both of us to accommodate. It's £3,000 to £4,000 a go - that's a lot of money plus your monthly outgoings."


She added: "Lottery funding would allow me to stop the stress of how we are going to afford this and it will allow me to go away for a little bit longer to train. I am always having to hurry up because Trevor has a full-time job.

"There are also the support services like a physio and nutrition that come hand in hand with that, and they all add to a really good performance."

Meadows could see her World Championships bronze improved to silver depending on the result of the gender investigation into South African winner Caster Semenya.

Meadows followed up her Berlin medal with another third-place finish in the 800m at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Monday.

see also
British pair light up Gateshead
31 Aug 09 |  Athletics
New twist in Semenya gender saga
25 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Meadows surges to bronze in 800m
20 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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