UK Athletics funding snub leaves Learmonth furious

Guy Learmonth reached the 800m semi finals at the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF
Guy Learmonth reached the 800m semi finals at the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF
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Guy Learmonth will appeal against UK Athletics’ decision to leave him off their Lottery funded world-class performance squad.

Along with Scottish 1,500 metres record holder Chris O’Hare, the Borderer was among the more eyebrow-raising omissions following his best season yet at 800m.

Learmonth, who quit the central training hub at Loughborough and has constructed a homespun training site around his home in Berwick, insisted there is a hint of “corruption and nepotism” in his exclusion by the governing body. “I had the greatest year ever, surpassed all your criteria, I have no track, no gym, nothing, I self-fund everything,” he wrote in a Twitter post. “I’ve embarrassed your whole system.”

Learmonth, pictured, added in another post: “If I was still in Loughborough, I wouldn’t be writing this. That’s a fact.”

Learmonth reached the 
semi-finals of the London world championships in the summer.