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Carlisle javelin thrower's Olympic hopes boosted by sponsorship deal

Carlisle javelin star Lee Doran’s hopes of competing at next year’s Olympic Games have been given a huge boost after he landed a sponsorship deal.

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Lee Doran

UK Athletics have placed the 26-year-old on their World Class Development Programme for the next 12 months in an attempt to bolster his chances of qualifying for the London Games.

It will fund all his coaching, travel to competitions, physio and medical bills and pay for warm-weather training with the Great Britain squad in South Africa over the winter.

Only genuine Olympics contenders are selected for the programme so being picked has given Doran, 26, a massive confidence boost ahead of his attempt to secure the qualifying throw for the Olympics.

He needs to throw either 79.50m twice to hit the ‘B’ standard qualification or 82m on one occasion to achieve the ‘A’ standard.

He came agonisingly close to securing his place at the Olympics with a personal best of 78.63m to win this summer’s Aviva UK World Trials and Championships in Birmingham.

Doran said: “UK Athletics have looked at my progress over the last couple of years and seen how much I have improved.

“It shows they have confidence in me reaching the Olympic Games and going on the programme gives my chances of qualifying an extra boost.

“It means I will be able to get to competitions I might not have been able to go to because of the cost and they will pay for warm-weather training which is vital before my season starts.”

Doran’s improvement over the last three years has seen him emerge as an Olympic contender and catch the eye of the sport’s governing body.

Two years ago he threw a season’s best of 71.98m and this year he underlined his potential by achieving a personal best of 78.63m.

He was forced to end his season early this year after suffering tendonitis in his elbow, but has already started his winter training so he can work on technical aspects of his throwing.

Doran, who finished fifth in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, expects one of his first competitions on his return will be the European Winter Throws Cup in the Ukraine in March.



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