James Ellington & Nigel Levine: British sprinters 'truly blessed' to be alive

James Ellington (left) and Nigel Levine
James Ellington (left) and Nigel Levine were part of a bigger group of British sprinters training in Spain

British sprinter James Ellington says he does not know how he or team-mate Nigel Levine survived a motorbike accident in Spain.

The pair will miss the 2017 season - including the World Championships - and Ellington posted on Instagram that he is "truly blessed" to be alive.

The 31-year-old has a suspected broken leg in two places and both men have a suspected broken pelvis.

Ellington said he is "overwhelmed" by the public's support.

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

"Me and him are both strong characters and will be looking to bounce back from this horrific accident."

James Ellington
James Ellington posted a picture from hospital to his Instagram account and said he will be looking to bounce back from the accident

British Athletics says its staff are with the athletes and are liaising with doctors over treatment.

However, they are still waiting to find out the severity of their injuries from specialists. There will be no definitive update from doctors until the weekend or next week.

Ellington and Levine say they were riding a motorbike when they were struck head on by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road.

The incident happened on Tuesday evening, with Ellington and Levine part of a British Athletics group taking part in a warm-weather training camp.

Any pelvic injuries to sprinters are potentially career-threatening and both athletes will need significant rehabilitation.

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Ellington, 31, is a 100m and 200m specialist and a two-time Olympian who was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay teams at the 2014 and 2016 European Championships.

Levine, 27, is a 400m runner who was born in Trinidad and raised in Northamptonshire.

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

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