James Ellington, one of Britain’s 100m Olympic sprinters has been involved in a head on motorcycle crash in Spain. His injuries have been reported as career threatening.
Ellington, was riding the motorcycle in Tenerife with team mate Nigel Levine. While riding around a bend, a car driven on the wrong side of the road smashed into him. Although unconfirmed it is believed the car was driven by a tourist who was not familiar with driving on the right hand side of the road.
Ellington, 31, was close to the Tenerife training ground. He competed in the Rio Olympic 4 x 100 metres.
Career Threatening Injuries
His injuries although not life threatening may see him never return to top flight athletics. He has had surgery on his fibula and tibia and reports suggest he has fractured his pelvis. Levine, was also taken to hospital and is under assessment. His injuries are said to be not as severe as Ellington’s. Levine is a key member of Britain’s 4 x 400 metre relay team.
A spokesman for British Athletics said, “Regretfully we can confirm that James Ellington and Nigel Levine have sustained injuries following a road accident in Tenerife on Tuesday evening. Both athletes are receiving medical treatment and are conscious and stable. British Athletics medical staff are with the athletes and liaising with hospital staff over their treatment.
“We are in communication with their family members in the UK and will be keeping them informed of the situation. We will not be releasing further information on the severity of their injuries at the present time.”
Ellington has won gold in the 4 x 100 metre relay team in the 2014 and 2016 European Championships, and in the Commonwealth games has won relay silver. His personal best for 100m is 10.11 seconds.
Levine, has won eight European relay medals including gold in the 2014 European Championships.