Motorbike accident leaves British sprinters in hospital

Kristopher Nichols
January 19, 2017

While neither athlete's injuries are life-threatening, the severity of those suffered by Ellington suggest it may be the end of his athletics career.

Great Britain sprinter James Ellington can not comprehend how he survived a "horrific" road accident during a training camp in Tenerife.

Olympic sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine have been involved in a head-on motorbike accident while on a warm weather training camp in Tenerife.

The pair were sitting on the same motorbike when they were hit by a vehicle coming at them around a bend on the wrong side of the road. Levine, was also taken to hospital and is under assessment.

British Athletics says the pair is "receiving medical treatment and are conscious and stable".

"I truly am blessed as I do not know how me or my training partner Nigel are still alive".

It will be a devastating blow to the 31-year-old who has established himself as a mainstay of Great Britain's 4x100m team in recent years.

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It said its staff were with the athletes and were liaising with hospital doctors over treatment.

Ellington won gold at the 2014 and 2016 European Championships, running in the 4x100m relay.

He won a European outdoor relay gold in 2014 and an indoor relay gold in 2013.

"We are in communication with their family members in the United Kingdom and have arranged for them to fly to Tenerife this evening".

No more information regarding their injuries will be released at this time but Ellington is believed to have a broken leg in two places and the pair have a suspected broken pelvis. Another group of British athletes are now in South Africa.

"Everyone from British Athletics is saddened to hear the news of this unfortunate accident and wish them both a speedy recovery".

Levine's injuries are thought to be less severe.

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