James Ellington
James Ellington Rio 2016.jpg
Ellington at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 36)
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
SportMen's Athletics
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
ClubNewham and Essex Beagles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m 10.04 (+1.5 m/s)(Amsterdam European Championships)
200 m 20.31 (+1.2 m/s) (NTC/PURE Athletics Spring Invitational 2016)

James Ellington (born 6 September 1985) is a British sprinter, who races in the 100 metres and 200 metres. He has represented his country twice at the Olympic Games (2012, 2016), is a two-time relay gold medallist with Great Britain at the European Athletics Championships (2014, 2016), a silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with the England relay team, and is a three-time participant at the World Athletics Championships.

At national level, he won back-to-back titles in the 200 m at the British Athletics Championships from 2012 to 2013.


He made his world senior championship debut at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, running 20.82 in the 200 m and finishing 5th in his heat. James was in the Great Britain Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics, running in the 200 metres. He finished fifth in his heat of the 200 metres and failed to progress. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he failed to reach the 200 m final, but was part of the England team that won the silver medal in men's 4 × 100 m, running in the heats.[2] At the 2014 European Championships, he reached the semifinal in the men's 200 m, and was part of the Great Britain team that won the gold medal, running in the heat and final.[3][4]

In November 2011 Ellington attracted widespread press coverage by selling his sponsorship rights on eBay in the run up to London 2012.[5] The winning bid was £32,550, but the winning bidder was not genuine. Ellington eventually attracted sponsorship from skincare company King of Shaves, who offered to sponsor him if the eBay deal fell through.[6]


On 17 January 2017, Ellington was injured in a road accident alongside fellow sprinter Nigel Levine; the pair "were riding a motorbike when they were struck head on by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road".[7] They were in Tenerife, Spain, undertaking warm-weather training with a group of British sprinters. Both athletes were admitted to hospital and were described on 18 January as "conscious and stable".[7] The Guardian suggested that Ellington's injuries were "career ending" and stated that they consisted of "broken bones in his tibia and fibula and [he] is also believed to have fractured his pelvis".[8]


  1. ^ "James Ellington". teamgb.com. British Olympic Association. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - James Ellington Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ "2014 European Championships - Men's 200 m - Semifinal" (PDF). www.european-athletics.org. 14 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 European Championships - Men's 4 x 100 m - Final" (PDF). www.european-athletics.org/. 17 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ "London 2012: Athlete turns to eBay for a sponsor". BBC News. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  6. ^ "London 2012: Sprinter James Ellington secures sponsor". BBC News. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b "James Ellington & Nigel Levine 'conscious and stable' after crash". BBC Sport. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  8. ^ Ingle, Sean (18 January 2017). "GB sprinter James Ellington left with career-ending injuries after crash". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2017.