Sheffield’s Jess Ennis can be our double Olympic champion

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DENISE LEWIS is backing Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis to become the second double Olympic heptathlon champion in history.

It is too early for Ennis to decide whether she will compete in Rio in 2016. But if she does, she’d hope to join Jackie Joyner-Kersee as a two-time gold medal winner - the American won gold in 1988 (Seoul) and 1992 (Barcelona.)

TV commentator and former Olympian Lewis said: “I do think she’ll be in Rio and there’s no reason why she can’t. Apart from 2008 (stress fracture to foot) she has been relatively quiet on the injury front so she’s in good shape, she has a good team around her and as long as she can maintain that then she has every chance. “

Ennis also had an achiles problem last year. And Lewis says: “Heptathlon is tough, it does wear your body down, but I think she’s in a great place to continue for another four years.

“She probably won’t think it but not having the stress of competing through 2008 gave her body the chance to recuperate and give her the strength to move forward.”