She may be the internet’s favourite athlete, but she certainly isn’t on the list of Athletics Australia.
Michelle Jenneke, who found fame four years ago with her pre-race warm-up dance has had her funding removed after failing to progress at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Jenneke was the face of the games for Coca-Cola this year and was featured in a worldwide TV commercial and billboard in Rio de Janeiro during the games.
— Sonrisa de Tigre (@leandrico) September 17, 2016
However, she failed to get past the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles, recording a time that was half a second below her personal best.
Jenneke was openly criticised by Australian head coach Craig Hilliard who said the hurdler had arrived at a training camp out of shape and Athletics Australia couldn’t justify having someone who was ‘’half-baked’’.
Jenneke instantly hit back, saying she was injured but as a result of her performance, she has been left of the new National Athlete Support Structure list for funding for high-performance athletes.