The sprinters are now receiving specialist medical treatment in London hospitals following a motorbike crash in Tenerife
British Olympic sprinters Nigel Levine and James Ellington are now back in the UK and receiving treatment in London hospitals following the motorbike crash in Tenerife last week that left them with career-threatening injuries.
Both athletes sustained pelvic injuries in the crash last Tuesday (January 17), while European 4x100m gold medallist Ellington also suffered a facial fracture and broken leg bones.
Having been sending updates via his social media accounts, Ellington confirmed on Twitter that he would be having surgery on Tuesday (January 24).
“Finally back in London, been through some dark days this week, but have my operation today and start my road to recovery,” Ellington wrote.
“Wanna thank everybody again, for the support and all the messages, have read every single one, just not the energy to reply to everyone yet.”
The two sprinters were on a warm weather training camp when the motorbike they were travelling on crashed into a car that was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road.
A British Athletics spokesman said: “We can confirm that James Ellington and Nigel Levine have safely returned to the UK via air ambulance, following a road accident in Tenerife last week.
“Both athletes have been admitted to hospitals in London where they are receiving specialist medical treatment for their injuries, under the supervision of British Athletics’ medical team.
“James and Nigel both suffered pelvic injuries in the accident, with James also sustaining a facial fracture and fractures of the tibia and fibula.”
Many athletes and fans have been sending well wishes on social media for the two athletes and Ellington uploaded a photograph to Instagram last week, giving thanks for the support.
“Overwhelmed and truly touched by everyone’s messages and support,” he wrote. “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.”
The British Athletics spokesman added: “Both James and Nigel have been overwhelmed by the support they have received since the accident last week. They would very much like to thank all those who posted comments on social media and also for the kind words written by members of the press.
“British Athletics will not be releasing further information on their injuries or medical treatment at the present time.”
Both Ellington and Levine formed part of Great Britain’s team for the Rio Olympics last summer, with 31-year-old Ellington having competed in the 100m and 4x100m relay and 27-year-old Levine having formed part of the 4x400m squad.
Ellington had enjoyed a strong 2016 as he improved his personal bests in both the 100m and 200m to 10.04 and 20.31 respectively, his 100m time moving him into the top-10 on the UK all-time list.