Athletics: Jessica Ennis-Hill’s option of trials remains open

Jessica Ennis-Hill
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Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill still has the option of competing at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham this weekend.

The Championships, which also act as the trials for the Great Britain team that will be travelling to Moscow next month for the World Championships, begin on Friday at the Alexander Stadium.

Ennis-Hill, the Olympic heptathlon champion, has already qualified for the British team through he score at the London Games last summer but she would have liked to have used the trials to sharpen up in several events.

However, an ankle injury has ruled her out of action for several weeks and it remains to be seen whether she’ll take to the track before the Championships begin in Moscow on August 10.

British Athletics deadline for entries for the trials was Monday, but special circumstances allow some athletes to accept invitations closer to the event.

Ennis-Hill is listed as ‘Invited’ on the entry lists for the 100 metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, javelin and long jump.

The 27-year-old also has performances pencilled in for the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 19 and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium over the weekend of July 26-28.

Ennis-Hill has only had one low-key outing in the javelin since winning gold on ‘Super Saturday’ last August.

Louise Bloor, a training partner of Ennis-Hill, has entered the 100m and 200m and Jazmin Sawyers, another based with coach Toni Minichiello, is in the long jump.

Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed, who won a European Indoor 800m bronze medal earlier this year in Gothenburg, will try to make his first senior global championship in the two-lap race.

Mohammed, aged 22, is now based in Loughborough but has a strong Sheffield link and is a former Sheffield Wednesday academy player before his athletics career.

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