Essex runner Osagie among athletes to lose National Lottery funding

Andrew Osagie has been dropped from the programme. Credit: PA

Harlow middle-distance runner Andrew Osagie has been stripped of his National Lottery funding.

The 28-year-old is one of a number of high-profile athletes to be cut from British Athletics' world-class performance programme as attention starts to turn to next year's World Championships in London.

Osagie became the first Briton in 20 years to qualify for the final of the men's 800m at the 2012 London Olympics but his form has dipped since then.

Greg Rutherford has received funding for another season. Credit: PA

The likes of 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene and sprinter James Dasaolu have also been omitted from the list, as has former Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu.

Cambridgeshire high-jumper Robbie Grabarz is among the 15 athletes to be selected for the Olympic Podium programme - meaning British Athleticsbelieve he has a great chance of winning a medal at a future Olympics.

Robbie Grabraz won a bronze at London 2012. Credit: PA

Milton Keynes long jumper Greg Rutherford is another to be awarded the highest level of funding, while sprinter Jonnie Peacock remains on the Paralympic programme.