Jess refuses to rule out 2017 world champs swansong

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British heptathlete Jessica Ennis claims the staging of the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017 could prompt her to prolong her career.

Ennis, from Sheffield, won the gold medal at the Worlds in Berlin in 2009 and silver in Daegu earlier this year and has been heavily prominent in the marketing campaign ahead of next summer’s Olympics, which will also be staged in London.

The 25-year-old suggested she might be ready to hang up her spikes after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but has now revealed she could be tempted to carry on for another 12 months.

She said: “I will be 31 and nearing retirement by the time the 2017 World Championships come around.

“I hope that is not too old and that there is still some life in my bones.

“What happened in Monaco (London winning the 2017 bid) yesterday is certainly a major incentive to carry on for another year.

“In truth, I never saw myself doing much after the Olympic Games in Rio.

“The heptathlon is such a gruelling event and there are only so many years you can cope with waking up with your body screaming at you. But the fact that there will be now be a World Championships on home soil the following year will probably change my thinking.”

Ennis also hopes the World Championships coming to Britain will keep track and field at the forefront of people’s minds after the Olympics.