It appears likely London 2012 golden girl Jess Ennis-Hill will go to Moscow this summer for the World Championships without a heptathlon competition under her belt but according to those in the know it won’t be a problem.
Fellow Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener, who landed 4x100m relay gold at the 2004 Athens Games, insists that come her Russian assault Sheffield’s Ennis-Hill will be back firing on all cylinders.
Ennis-Hill’s comeback was initially delayed because of her April wedding and she then cited a ‘stiff left Achilles’ injury for withdrawing from races in Edinburgh and Oslo. Of course sponsor and media appearances since her London success have also dramatically rocketed.
And after pulling out of her first scheduled heptathlon since the Olympics in Tallinn, Estonia last month as well, the concerns are growing louder about the Olympic champion’s fitness.
But for Gardener the lull after London was inevitable for a woman who has already won Olympic, World and European titles in her career.
Gardener said: “I mean just look at what Jess had to contend with in the build-up and then what she produced, wow. She will know what her body is telling her.”
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