Injury blow for Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill is to miss her season opener
Jessica Ennis-Hill is to miss her season opener
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Sheffield’s Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of her season opener on Saturday because of an Achilles injury.

Recently married Ennis-Hill, who won Olympic gold at the London Games last year, had been due to compete in the Women’s Athletic League Meeting in Edinburgh but is out with a stiff Achilles.

The withdrawal has been made on the advice of the UKA medical team, meaning the 27-year-old will not take part in the hurdles, javelin and long jump disciplines in what would have been her first outdoor appearance of the season: “Obviously I am really disappointed as I was really looking forward to getting my season under way on Saturday, but I am not going to take any risks,” she told www.givemesport.com.

“I have been told if I rest this now I should be able to resume my competitions as soon as possible - hopefully next week. I am sorry to all the people in Edinburgh who planned to come and support me alongside the other athletes - but hope I can compete there another time. It promises to be a really good meeting and I wish all the other athletes good luck.”

Ennis-Hill’s next scheduled competition is the Diamond League event in Oslo on June 13.