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Rachael Casper

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You really can buy anything on eBay and with the hunt to buy more interesting gifts this festive season, I think I have found one of the most unusual. England’s second fastest sprinter has listed himself on eBay to find a sponsor so he can compete in the Olympics next year.

James Ellington has a personal best time of 20.53 seconds for the 200m but is the only top sprinter without a sponsor. Years of injury have meant that he has slipped down the rankings which means he has been passed over by the major sponsors. However he is having his best ever season and has run 200m in the fastest time by a British athlete this year. This could provide a unique advertising opportunity for someone as he has promised he “will wear the sponsor’s branded kit at every possible opportunity where appropriate, including at training and press events, until after the 2012 Games”. So if you fancy a sprinter for Christmas, are seeking a new advertising opportunity or are just feeling particularly philanthropic, he has a reserve price of £30,000. Happy Bidding! -@rlparker81