Athletics: Jessica Ennis-Hill sets sights on 2014 gold

Jessica Ennis-Hill. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis-Hill. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
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Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill will leave no stone unturned in her quest to get fit and challenge for three gold medals in 2014.

The Olympic heptathlon gold medallist from the London Games last year announced yesterday that the Achilles injury, which has been troubling her for a couple of months, has forced her out of the World Championships in Moscow.

However, the 27-year-old’s coach, Toni Minichiello, says work will start immediately into getting her healthy for next season.

He said: “We have been focusing on pain prevention rather than cure to get Jess fit for Moscow, but now we can look at finding out how to make it better and what caused it to happen in the first place.

“She has an excellent team around her with physios Alison Rose and Rob Johnson, Dr Richard Higgins, and Derry Suter (soft tissue therapist) as well as the UK Athletics doctor.

“We’ll look at every option available; nothing will be left on the table.”

The World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, on March 7-9 next year will be Ennis-Hill’s first target with further major championships in Glasgow (Commonwealth Games) and Zurich (European Championships) in July and August.

“It’s going to be a busy year - there’s the possibility of three gold medals up for grabs,” said Minichiello.

“Now a decision has been made we can try and sort it out. The main thing is trying to avoid any long-lasting damage.”

Ennis-Hill, world champion in 2009, said in a statement: “To say I am gutted is an understatement - no athlete likes to miss the opportunity to compete at a major championships - they don’t come round that often.”

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