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Team GB select marathon man Hawkins for London 2017

Callum Hawkins cools down during the Olympic marathon in Rio last year. Credit: PA

Marathon runner Callum Hawkins has become the first British athlete to be selected for next summer's World Championships in London.

The Scot, 24, who finished an impressive ninth at the Rio Olympics in only his third marathon race, has been confirmed by British Athletics as the first member of its team for August's showpiece.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "We are delighted to confirm Callum's selection for London. He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place."

Black added that the British team for the London World Championships would be "large and competitive".

British Athletics cuts number of athletes on top-level funding

Christine Ohuruogu. Credit: PA

Christine Ohuruogu is one of several top British athletes to have had their National Lottery funding cut for the 2017 season.

The former Olympic and double world champion over 400 metres, 32, has been downgraded from first-tier podium funding to relay funding.

Injury-hit former 400m hurdles world champion Dai Greene and James Dasaolu, Britain's second fastest man ever over 100m, have both been stripped of their funding completely, British Athletics revealed on Wednesday when it released the athletes selected on its world-class performance programmes for 2016-17.

The total number of Olympic athletes on podium funding has dropped from 21 to 15 ahead of next year's World Championships in London, with the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill, sprint hurdlers Andy Pozzi and William Sharman, 1500m runner Laura Weightman and 800m runner Andrew Osagie joining Greene and Ohurougu in dropping off.

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