You all know Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke. Her warmup routine turned heads at the World Junior Championships in 2012, and she made her Olympic debut in Rio this past summer.
Unfortunately we have some bad news for Jenneke’s fans: Athletics Australia cut her funding because of her poor performance in Rio.
She paid the price when she was left off the National Athlete Support Structure, the high performance system that provides support to individual athletes who have the highest potential for podium finishes at major championships.
AA named 62 athletes who will receive support on a number of different levels as the attention of the organisation shifts to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
In case you don’t remember, Jenneke was a total non-factor at the 100m hurdles and finished sixth in the event. She told reporters it was “one of the worst races” she’s ever competed in.
Looks like we won’t get to see her try again in Tokyo 2020 after all.