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Sheffield’s Ennis-Hill expecting a baby

Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Jessica Ennis-Hill.

  • by Polly Rippon
 

Sheffield Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she is pregnant and will miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old, who married long-time partner Andy Hill in Hathersage last May, is expecting her first child.

Ennis said in a statement released by her management: “I have some very unexpected but exciting news to share - Andy and I are expecting a baby.

“We are completely overwhelmed with excitement and a degree of anxiety that I am sure all first-time parents will relate to.

“My plans for 2014 have been completely turned upside down, but having had a couple of weeks to think about things from a career point of view I am 100 per cent set on returning to full-time athletics once our baby is born and going for a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - that challenge really excites me.

“But in the short term I will make our baby a priority and enjoy the whole experience as much as possible.

“I am sorry I won’t be in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, but know it will be an amazing occasion. I will be at home awaiting the arrival of a little Ennis-Hill.”

 

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