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British record holder Keely Hodgkinson granted top-level Olympic funding

British record holder Keely Hodgkinson granted top-level Olympic funding
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Tokyo silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson is one of 17 British athletes awarded top-level funding for the next Olympic cycle.

Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson is among 67 athletes to have been named on the British Athletics Olympic World Class Programme for future funding.

The 19-year-old placed second in the 800 m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a time of 1:55.88, smashing Dame Kelly Holmes's previous British record of 1:56.21.

Hodgkinson has been rewarded for her stellar achievement in Japan with a spot on the Olympic Podium - the top funding level - alongside names such as Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

The WCP is split into four levels for Olympic funding - Podium, Podium Potential and Confirmation, as well as Olympic Relays - and a total of 17 athletes have earned top-level funding for the next cycle.

Performance Director Sara Symington told British Athletics: "As we start the Paris cycle, and longer-term Los Angeles 2028, we made a number of informed decisions in regard to the World Class Programme membership that aligns with our strategic priorities.

"We will work closely with the 67 athlete and coach pairings that we are offering membership to and will look to add support and value in their journey via their individual athlete plan (IAP).

"The selection process is robust and lengthy, and we use a lot of data which is complemented by the knowledge of our event leads to inform the decision-making process. We have given careful consideration to those athletes who meet the selection criteria and performance matrix which align to the future ambitions of the World Class Programme."

While Hodgkinson has earned a place on the Podium level, Sir Mo Farah's funding has been cut after he failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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