Jessica Ennis-Hill - who was in competition-winning form in Germany last weekend - will compete at the Müller Anniversary Games, (July 22-23) at London’s former Olympic Stadium...just two weeks before the start of the Rio Olympics.
The Sheffield superstar has opted to compete in the 100m hurdles on the first night and joins a talent-packed field which could easily pass for an Olympic final line-up.
The British Athletics organisation says the Olympic and world champion looks on course to challenge for a podium position at Rio following her best heptathlon since the 2012 Olympics in difficult weather conditions in Germany last weekend and that is targeting another strong performance at the Müller Anniversary Games.
She won in Ratingen with a total of 6733 points, just 32 points behind Brianne Thiesen-Eaton’s world leading mark set in Gotzis last month, and is now looking forward to returning to the stadium where she won Olympic gold in 2012 and set a British 100m hurdles record of 12.54.
Ennis-Hill said: “I have been very selective about my competitions but due to the very strong field in the 100m hurdles in London my coach (Toni Minichiello) and myself felt it was good to have a fast race before heading to the training camp for Rio.
“I love running the hurdles and know there is a quicker time in me this year.
“The competition on the Friday night at the Müller Anniversary Games will be tough, so I am banking on a good crowd to lift me to run a good time.”
Ennis-Hill leaped to a long jump personal best of 6.63m in Ratingen and will also contest that event on the Saturday of the Anniversary Games, where she will face some of the world’s best long jump talents.
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt has already confirmed that he will compete on the Friday night in the capital.