Athletics: Time running out for Jess in world title bid

Jessica Ennis-Hill was second at the World Championships in 2011 before winning Olympic gold last year. She won the world title in 2009.
Jessica Ennis-Hill was second at the World Championships in 2011 before winning Olympic gold last year. She won the world title in 2009.
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It’s coming up to crunch time for whether Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete next month at the World Championships in Moscow.

The 27-year-old’s aim this season has been to add another global title to her Olympic gold, but injury problems have seriously hampered her preparations.

Ennis-Hill already has one world championship crown to her name from Berlin in 2009.

However, the Sheffield heptathlete has been out of action with a nagging ankle injury since pulling out of her first scheduled track appearance in Edinburgh on June 8.

She was also forced to withdraw from a Diamond League meeting in Oslo on June 13 and the European Combined Events Championship in Tallinn, Estonia, at the end of June.

The submission date for entry to the British Championships in Birmingham this weekend, which also act as trials for the Great Britain squad, was yesterday.

Ennis-Hill has already qualified for the World Championships through her gold medal winning score of 6,955 points at last summer’s Olympic Games in London.

The plan had been to compete in one heptathlon before Moscow and sharpen-up in individual events at the trials and Diamond League meetings, including one in Monaco on July 19.

If Ennis-Hill does go for gold in Russia then she may do so on the back of no competitive track performances since ‘Super Saturday’.

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