Trio of tests for Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill during a photocall at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield. By Dave Thompson/Route One Photography/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis-Hill during a photocall at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield. By Dave Thompson/Route One Photography/PA Wire.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete in three events at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in what is set to prove the acid test of her readiness for next month’s World Championships in Beijing.

The Olympic heptathlon champion will return to the stadium where she won London 2012 gold, racing in the 100 metres hurdles on Friday July 24 and then contesting the long jump and 200m the following day.

It will be the 29-year-old’s first Diamond League event for two years following her return after the birth of her son Reggie, and how she fares will be a decisive factor in whether she opts to go to the World Championships.

She said: “To be back competing at this level is a daunting test as it’s only my fourth competition of the year.

“The events will be tough with great international and domestic fields, but I need to find out if I will be ready for Beijing and then ultimately Rio (for the 2016 Olympics).

“I am really looking forward to competing in the Olympic Stadium again and I hope the British fans will turn out to support me and the other athletes on what I’m sure will be another incredible night of athletics.”

Ennis-Hill revealed earlier this month she would make a last-minute decision on whether to go to Beijing.

The Great Britain team will be selected on July 27, the Monday following the Anniversary Games.

The Achilles issues the Sheffield athlete suffered after returning appear to have cleared up, but she has said her speed needs to improve if she is to contend for a medal in China.

Ennis-Hill will compete alongside the likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt on the opening night of the Anniversary Games.