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Ebay athlete support jumps from £3,500 to £31,300 in one day

SUPPORT: Sprinter James Ellington has won huge financial support on eBay

BIDDERS ON auction website eBay have responded massively to an athlete’s plea for financial help to get to next year’s London Olympics.

A huge jump in bids within the last 24 hours have helped sprinter James Ellington move from £3,500 yesterday (Dec 7) to just over £31,300 earlier today (Dec 8).

After sending thousands of emails with little response, the athlete took matters into his own hands and auctioned himself on eBay.

The 100m and 200m runner, from Lewisham in south London, told potential bidders he was hoping for a sponsor. He said he needed to raise at least £30,000 to help cover travel, accommodation, nutrition and equipment.

Ellington explained the funds would allow him to train and compete abroad early next year in an attempt to win a place at London 2012.

The 26-year-old relay sprinter is enjoying his most successful season following four years of injury issues. Ellington is now the second fastest sprinter in England with a personal best time of 20.52 seconds in the 200m achieved at the 2011 European Team Championships.

Ellington, who also coaches young athletes and under-privileged children, told The Voice: “For every athlete in Britain - Team GB - their biggest goal and biggest dream is to compete in the Olympics especially in front of the home crowd.”

“I’m pretty confident – I got myself to the World Championships by hard graft. My dream is to win a medal,” he said.

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