Funding boost for Lewis-Francis

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Mark Lewis-Francis and Christian Malcolm have been invited back onto the World Class Performance Programme after being part of a record medal haul at the European Championships.

Lewis-Francis and Malcolm lost their top-tier Lottery funding in October last year but bounced with silver medals in the 100 and 200 metres respectively in Barcelona in July.

They join the likes of world and European champions Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu on podium funding, alongside Barcelona gold medallists Mo Farah, Dai Greene and Andy Turner. Chris Thompson, who won silver in the 10,000m behind Farah, also receives podium funding, along with Perri Shakes-Drayton, who won bronze medals in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee said: "Athletes must prove themselves continuously to maintain their position on the programme, which has performance at its core, and we must demonstrate a clear return to the Lottery-playing public. They want to see winners in British vests.

"There is no denying that eyes are fixed on the 2012 Olympics but 2011 really is crucial to any potential successes in London."

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