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JAMES ELLINGTON says he hasn’t ruled out tar­get­ing the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games next April as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery af­ter a se­ri­ous mo­tor­bike crash ear­lier this year, writes Jess Whit­ting­ton.

Ellington and his fel­low GB sprinter Nigel Levine were left with ca­reer-threat­en­ing in­juries when the mo­tor­bike they were trav­el­ling on in Tener­ife – where they were warm weather train­ing – crashed into a car that was re­port­edly driv­ing on the wrong side of the road.

Both ath­letes sus­tained pelvic in­juries, while Euro­pean 4x100m gold medal­list Ellington also suf­fered a fa­cial frac­ture and bro­ken leg bones.

De­spite be­ing told that he might never run again, Ellington is look­ing to make a re­turn to top level com­pe­ti­tion and is also tar­get­ing the 2018 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and 2019

World Cham­pi­onships if the Com­mon­wealth Games comes too soon.

“From the very be­gin­ning I told the doc­tors that my goal was to come back,” he said. “They looked at me a bit du­bi­ous like ‘I don’t know about that’ but I’ve proved them wrong so far so now they are start­ing to be­lieve in me.

“I’m way ahead of where they orig­i­nally thought I would be.

“It has been the sport that has in­spired me to get back,” added Ellington, speak­ing as an am­bas­sador for Right to Play, which uses sport and play to ed­u­cate chil­dren in some of the world’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties.

“If it wasn’t for sport, then I wouldn’t re­ally have any need to get back from the in­jury.”

James Ellington: de­ter­mined

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