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Carlisle javelin star Lee Doran’s career is in crisis after UK Athletics withdrew his £8,000-a-year funding – because he missed their qualifying mark by 10cm.
Doran fears his dream of competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at the Rio Olympics in 2016 could be wrecked by the drastic decision to drop him from the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).
UK Athletics gives financial backing to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls regarded as having the potential of winning a medal in 2016 and 2020.
Doran, who was placed on the WCPP only 12 months ago, was told that to have retained the funding he would have had to achieve a throw of 79.82m in 2012. That’s just 10cm more than the personal best of 79.72m the 27-year-old, from Morton, achieved when winning this summer’s UK Championships and Olympic Trials.
After he agonisingly just missed out on securing a place at London 2012 despite achieving the ‘B’ standard qualification, he had set his sights on glory at next year’s World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympics.
The WCPP funding covers the cost of his coaching, equipment and travel.
The UK Athletics’ decision did not take into account that Doran has been carrying an ankle injury all year and he has recently undergone an operation, which has left him on crutches.
Doran, who finished fifth at the 2010 Common-wealth Games in New Delhi, is now appealing against the decision, and hopes he has a strong case to force a U-turn.
The funding cut could not have come at a worse time as Doran has quit his job in Cardiff to move to Loughborough, where he will be near UK national javelin coach Esa Utrainen, to help boost his hopes of a major championships medal.
“Without funding or sponsorship I will struggle to achieve what I want,” said Doran. “I would never give up javelin but losing funding is going to make things very difficult.
I’ve shown how committed I am by quitting my job and moving to Lougborough so losing the funding is a bit of a shock.
The funding would have enabled me to train full-time with Esa and I was going to make a push for a medal in Rio, and the biggest aim is the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”
UK Athletics told The Cumberland News it did not comment on individual cases.
Doran hopes he will be back to fitness in 12 weeks after an operation to remove a growth spur from his ankle joint.
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Lee Doran - World Class Javelin Thrower