Former Olympic 100 metres relay champion Mark Lewis-Francis has had his lottery funding withdrawn by UK Athletics.

The 27-year-old Walsall-born sprinter, a member of Great Britain’s gold-medal winning quartet in Athens in 2004, is not among the athletes invited on to the World Class Performance Programme for the 2009/2010 season.

Lewis-Francis, a former world junior champion, missed the entire 2008 season, including the Beijing Olympics, with an Achilles tendon injury.

He was not selected for the GB team for the World Championships in Berlin in the summer.

There is also no place on the funding programme for Welsh sprinter Christian Malcolm, who finished fifth in the Olympic 200m final in 2004 and 2008…..Read More

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