Mo Farah may still run for Great Britain with National Lottery funding for 2018

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Mo Farah has been named among the list of athletes to be funded by the National Lottery as UK Athletics announced its next year of funding.

Having stepped away from the track following a gold and silver at London 2017, it was expected he would be culled from the funding programme.

But today the Londoner was named on the list of funded athletes, suggesting he is not done with running in a British vest with the potential end point being a stab at the Olympic marathon in Tokyo in 2020 by which stage he will be 37 years old.

Of the Farah decision, performance director Neil Black said: "It will be Mo’s first year committing to performances on the road, and he is still exploring options of how this will progress.

"There is the possibility that he could represent the British team at a major championships over the marathon distance in the future, so we will monitor this first year and continue to support him in his ambitions."

While Farah, who recently announced his decision to move back to London to train, is one of the recipients of financial backing, there are others that miss out among the 112 athletes funded.

Olympic and world champion Christine Ohuruogu, who has effectively retired, and world medallists Shara Proctor and Tiffany Porter have been cut from funding.

James Ellington, who suffered major injuries following a motorbike accident at a training camp earlier this year, is also off the official funding list but UKA has said it is still backing him to the same sum as last year from his coffers as he continues his rehabilitation.

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