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Keri-Anne Payne will miss out on funding in 2014 © PA Photos
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Former world champion Keri-Anne Payne and Elizabeth Simmonds will not receive personal funding in 2014.

In December last year, UK Sport confirmed swimming would receive a £4 million cut to its Olympic funding after failing to achieve its medal target at the London 2012 Olympics.

European gold medallist Simmonds did not qualify for this year's World Championships, where Payne could only finish 14th in the 10 kilometre open water event.

Payne won at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, as well as a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, while Simmonds was victorious at the 2008 and 2010 European championships.

There has been a significant decrease in the amount of swimmers who will receive financial support as part of UK Sport's Olympics 2016 funding programme. Only 62 swimmers will be funded, 35 less than the 97 that were backed in preparation for London 2012.

On Tuesday, British Swimming announced 62 athletes will receive "targeted financial assistance" through the Athlete Personal Award, which is divided into podium funding (athletes with a strong chance of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympics) and podium potential funding (athletes who have the potential to win a medal at the 2020 Olympics).

The organisation confirmed 22 swimmers will receive podium funding while a further 40 athletes will be eligible for podium potential assistance.

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