Athletics: Ennis-Hill confirms heptathlon return

Jessica Ennis-Hill in the javelin during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough on Sunday.
Jessica Ennis-Hill in the javelin during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough on Sunday.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill will continue her comeback by taking part in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012 in Gotzis at the end of the month.

The Sheffield star, who made her return to athletics in the last couple of weeks, has been struggling with a troublesome Achilles injury.

But after coming through unscathed in long jump and javelin competitions at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on Sunday, the 29-year-old has decided she will compete in Gotzis for the event on May 30-31.

She will be bidding to secure the 6,200 points she needs to be eligible to defend her Olympic heptathlon title at Rio 2016.

“After competing in Loughborough at the weekend I felt pretty good the next day and my Achilles felt fine which is brilliant,” she said.

“The results I have had at the competitions over the past few weeks are promising and we believe it is feasible for me to do a full heptathlon and achieve the level of points I need to qualify for Rio.

“If I can achieve this early in the season it removes a real pressure, and all the indicators are looking positive, so I plan to go to Gotzis and give it my best shot.”

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