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Injured sprinter looks to the future following crash

HOPES: Ellington arriving at the recent Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards

OLYMPIC SPRINTER James Ellington, who almost died in a motorbike crash in January, has said that he hopes to be back on the track for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Ellington, who is from Lewisham, and his teammate Nigel Levine, were badly injured in the accident in Tenerife. He spent five days in intensive care after fracturing his pelvis and breaking both his legs.

He told ITV News London: "I smashed my head open through the helmet and fractured my eye socket. I thought there's a chance I'm going to die here.

“I thought everything has gone, my leg has gone, the season is definitely done, my career might be done and this is an athlete's worst nightmare".

He was part of the British team who won gold in the 4x100m in the 2014 and 2016 European Championships.

At the peak of his career and hoping for gold at this summer's World Athletics Championships in London, doctors feared he'd never run again but he's optimistic about his rehab which starts next week.

He says, "I want to be back next year, which might sound crazy to people, but I've overcome quite a few hurdles in my life already and I just look at this as another".

Ellington is concerned that if he doesn't recover soon, he'll lose his £21,000 lottery funding.

He told ITV News London: "I'm hoping that if I can show some sort of form of fitness coming back so that the selectors will have faith in me, that I will be back on track next year because we have a European Championships next year".

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