By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline
Published: 20:42 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 20:50 GMT, 1 March 2019
Richard Kilty has revealed he suffered a five-figure financial hit in the wake of his farcical omission from the British team at the European Indoor Championships - but believes he will seal a golden hat-trick in Glasgow on Saturday after his shock reprieve.
The two-time European 60m gold medallist was initially left out of the team on February 17 after failing to meet the disproportionately high qualifying mark set by British Athletics.
However, in a move that rather undermined the home governing body, Glasgow 2019 organisers European Athletics took the unusual step three days later of issuing the 2014 world indoor champion a special invitation.
Richard Kilty has revealed he suffered a five-figure financial hit in the wake of his omission
While that has made the 29-year-old's performance on Saturday the most fascinating sub-plot of the championships, the earlier snub cost him a significant sponsor.
He said: 'I don't want to legally get into it but it was a big financial contract. They wanted me and my wife (Dovile Dzindzaletaite, the Lithuanian triple jumper) to be part of Glasgow 2019 but I got an email saying they didn't want to work with me anymore and that I wasn't doing enough social media - which I was. That's cost me a couple of grand a month.'
Kilty, with a season's best of 6.63sec, will start as