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Chief backs Jones to hilt.

Athletics chief David Moorcroft has given national performance director Max Jones his full backing, despite Britain's worst-ever world championships.

The team ended their campaign in Paris with four medals, doubling their tally on the final day, but none of them were gold.

"Max will be performance director until Athens," said UK Athletics chief executive Moorcroft, resisting any idea of change before next year's Olympics.

Jones, who oversaw a successful European Championships campaign in Munich last summer, said: "We don't go from heroes to zeroes in the space of a year.

"I set a target of four medals and we got them, although they might not have been the colours we would have liked.

"But I know the British public and what matters to them are gold medals. The athletes who under-performed here know who they are, they will be hurting and they won't need us to tell them.

"We have get all our top athletes fit for Athens because then I believe we will deliver medals."

There should have been a gold yesterday, but Dwain Chambers was unable to take advantage of a lead and anchor the 4x100m relay team to victory over the United States when he was overtaken by a 200m specialist.

Hayley Tullett was the other medalist, taking 1500m bronze.
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Title Annotation:Sport Athletics
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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