Rudman's victory against the odds stood in contrast to a political row over funding for the 2012 Olympics, prompted by news that young athletes were quitting because of a lack of money.
The finger of blame was pointed at Gordon Brown, perceived as 'dragging his heels about committing taxpayers' money to a venture on which he was lukewarm' (The Times, 17 February). 'It will be a dead-loss London Olympics at this rate', warned The Daily Telegraph (14 February).
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