Ellington was born on September 6, 1985 in Lewisham, Britain. At age 13, James met his first, and long-term coach, John Powell. While training with Coach Powell, James conditioned alongside other already established, young track athletes, like Dwayne Grant. From the start of his career in 2000, he immediately became a rising young talent and began setting age group records. County, Regional and National titles came quickly and in abundance when Ellington emerged at the Junior International level.
In 2004, Ellington had one of the greatest comebacks after a serious hamstring tear that looked to have ruined his chances at World Junior Championships. He won 2nd in the National Championships and World Junior Championship Trials. Shortly after, he was selected to the British team, and beat the number one British sprinter, Leon Baptiste, to final in the 100m. He finished the season ranked 7th in the world.
Ellington continued to move up through the under-23-age group on a rise to World Class. In 2007, Ellington won gold as the anchor man in the 4x100m relay at the European Championships. In 2011, Ellington took home gold at the European Team Championships. In 2012, Ellington represented the Great Britain Olympic Team at the Games in the 200m.
In 2013, Ellington took 4th in the ‘B’ 100m in Rome (10.32), and 3rd, behind Usain Bolt, in the 200m (20.55). He gives credit to his new American coach, Rana Reider, for getting him back on track. His personal bests include 100m in Birmingham (10.17), and 200m in Hengelo (20.42), both in June of 2013. To conclude the 2013 season, Ellington advanced to the semifinals at the World Championships in the 200m.
Ellington has gotten where he is today with hard work, dedication and determination. Ellington occasionally works with Met-Track where he works with challenged youth to pass on his knowledge and experience as a positive role model. Ellington currently resides in Croydon with his partner and daughter, India.
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