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Team GB weightlifter misses championships in protest over funding

Rebekah Tiler as due to compete in the women's -69kg category on Sunday. Credit: PA

Olympic weightlifter Rebekah Tiler has missed this weekend's British Championships in protest over funding.

Tiler, who is originally from Denholme in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was due to compete in the women's -69kg category on Sunday.

UK Sport cut all funding for British Weightlifting (BWL) because the sport was not a "credible" medal chance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Tiler is 18-years-old and finished 10th at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a four-time European champion.

She took to social media to announce that she would not be taking part saying: "Sorry guys, won't be at the British this year on strike till some funding is found. British Weightlifting, thanks for messing my life up."

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