James Ellington has completed his own auction ‘marathon’ on e-Bay in order to raise funds to back his campaign for a berth on the British Olympic team in London, enjoying great success with the bidding closing out at £32,550 midday on Saturday.

The name of  the winner, whose name will be born on the athlete’s training kit,  is yet to be announced but the international sprinter declared himself very happy with the outcome, as well as surprised at the number of bids made (71 overall).

Final gainings out of the online auction climbed well over the targeted ‘floor’ of £30,000 enabling the Lewisham-raised athlete now to fund a necessary warm-weather training spell in the States among others.

Incidentally, Ellington already holds the Olympic A standard in the 200m with 20.52 secs, set last June in Metz (France), that forms a solid starting-point moving into the biggest season of his career.