12/07/2011 09:44 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

Going ... going ... gold? British sprinter up for auction in bid to make Olympics

LONDON - Describing himself as his country's "top sprinter without a sponsor," a British athlete has resorted to selling himself on an online auction site in a desperate bid to raise money to run in his home Olympics.

London-born James Ellington ran a personal best of 20.52 seconds in the 200 metres in France this year