British sprinter mounts comeback after motorcycle crash

James Ellington suffered multiple fractures, including compound fractures of the tibia and fibula, in 2017

July 18th, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , , ,

Double Olympian and two-time European champion, 100m runner James Ellington of the UK, who fractured multiple bones in his right leg, left ankle, pelvis and face in a January 2017 motorcycle accident, will race the 100m at the Müller Anniversary Games in London this weekend, and he has his sights set on Tokyo.

According to a story in the Telegraph, doctors thought he might never walk normally again, let alone sprint or race. But Ellington is one determined athlete.

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Ellington, who was 31 at the time, was attending a training camp in the Canary Islands when the accident occurred. (His teammate, Nigel Levine, who was on the same motorcycle, was also injured when the bike was struck by a car head-on.) The pair were flown back to the UK for surgery and endured many painful months of physiotherapy. Ellington now has a carbon-fibre rod in his leg and some metal hardware in his pelvis.


“I 100 per cent think I can make it to Tokyo [2020 Olympics],” ­Ellington told Telegraph Sport. “It might sound crazy, but in my head that’s a walk in the park compared to what I’ve had to come back from.

“I’ll come out next year and I’ll be an animal, that’s what I believe.”

Ellington was on the British 4×100 relay team that won gold at the 2014 and 2016 European championships. He has not raced since August 2016.

Levine, who suffered a broken pelvis in the accident, was also hoping to mount a comeback, but tested positive for clenbuterol in November 2017 and is serving a four-year suspension.