Athletics - Black confident on road to Rio after naming funded athletes

British Athletics performance director Neil Black believes everything is on course for Rio 2016 after revealing the 22 athletes who will be supported by full lottery funding for next season.

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In a busy year, which includes the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, Black has slimmed down the list of those receiving 'podium funding', designed for athletes with the potential to medal at the Rio Olympics.

An additional 16 athletes will be targeted with funding aimed at success in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, while 44, viewed as long-term medal prospects, will be backed as part of the podium potential programme.

Jenny Meadows and Lisa Dobriskey, world medallists in 2009, and Andy Turner, a world 110m hurdles bronze medallist in 2011, are among some of the athletes not feature on the list.

"Our immediate focus is firmly on medals in 2016, followed by London 2017 when we will host both the IAAF and IPC World Athletics Championships. From there attention shifts to Tokyo 2020 and our selections absolutely reflect that focus," said Black.

"2013 was an excellent year for the British team across both the Olympic and Paralympic programmes. And once again I am confident 2014 will bring further success in what will be another extremely busy indoor and outdoor season."

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