UK Athletics controversial decisions going either way, even shocking in certain cases, over the make-up of the Lottery funding lists for the Olympic season seem to stretch long further even about 20 days after announced.
Eilish McColgan, the daughter of former world 10000m champion Liz, suddenly found herself out of the scheme on Friday while originally taken in on the Development tier and well deservedly following a brace of UK U23 records and a top six finishing at the European U23 Championships, in her maiden season over the barriers at that.
Moreover, her latter mark of 9:44.80 at Crystal Palace doubled as a second B qualifier that would have earned her a place on the plane to Daegu but for an ankle fracture she suffered at the penultimate water jump that ruled her out of the rest of the summer, a most unfortunate final twist to her season.
By way of an offset, she was going to be given the chance to apply for the newly-laid out ‘futures’ but that wasn’t really going to make things up for her.
The 21-year-old-to-be late this month is still through her rehabilitation but is making good headway, having been given the green light to move into the next phase (walking and jogging), and could arrive at the beginning of the outdoor term fully prepared to vie for a place on the Olympic team on an equal footing with anyone else.
With still plenty of scope to improve in many areas of her performance, as well as on a sharp progress curve, she could be well on her way to knocking on the door of 9:20s come summer and even stand an outside chance of making the final in London.
Nonetheless, there seem to have been late swift developments to settle matters up in the background in the last few hours as Liz McColgan tweeted only a little while ago “So pleased Eilish is supported from Uka on development funding Big step towards London for her”.
Further, Eilish has come to confirm that she has been restored to Development funding, so all is well that ends well as it seems.