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Olympic champ Jess qualifies for Rio 2016

Jess Ennis-Hill will defend her Olympic title in Rio next year after passing the qualification mark in her first heptathlon since the London Games.

Jessica Ennis Hill

Jess finished fourth at the Hypo meeting in Gotzis in Austria, scoring 6,520 points - 320 more than she needed to qualify for the Olympics.

It was the first time the 29-year-old had completed a full heptathlon since recovering from an achilles injury and giving birth to her first child Reggie last summer.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill set for May return

Sheffield's Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her long-awaited return to the track in May.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is to return to the track Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old, who won gold at London 2012, gave birth to her first child Reggie last summer.

The previous year she was forced to withdraw from the World Championships due to injury.

Jess returned to training in October and is all set to compete at the Hypo Meeting in Austria.

Golden girl Jess has " no regrets" over speaking out about shamed soccer star Evans

Jessica Ennis-Hill says she has no regrets about speaking out in the row over convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Last month Jess said she'd ask Sheffield United to remove her name from one of the stands at Bramall Lane - if they didn't retract their offer to let him train with the club following his release from prison.

In a wide-ranging interview for ITV News, the Olympic heptathlon champion also talked about motherhood, and her preparation for the Rio Olympics.

Jessica Ennis-Hill's fears about Don Valley closure

On the eve of her first return to the stadium where she won heptathlon gold, Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill has spoken of her fears about losing all her outdoor training facilities in her home city.

Don Valley Stadium will close in September and Jess says she's not confident that its replacement will be ready in time for her winter training regime.

She will take part in the anniversary games that begin tonight, exactly a year after the Olympic opening ceremony in London. She wants to prove her fitness ahead of the World Championships in Moscow in three weeks, but today she was looking even further ahead.

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Jess Ennis-Hill prepares for Loughborough meet

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her return to athletics this evening in a low-key meeting in Loughborough.

The 27-year-old, who won triathlon gold at the London Olympics last summer, has been struggling with an ankle injury but tonight she'll compete in the javelin and the long jump as she prepares for the world championships in Moscow in less than 3 weeks time.

Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from event

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of her scheduled heptathlon in Tallinn this weekend because she is still not ready to return from an ankle injury.

This is the third time the Olympic champion, who has not competed yet this year, has delayed her start to the season.

UK Athletics said the 27-year-old would continue to train and receive treatment rather than put her ankle through unnecessary high levels of impact.

Jess pulls out of Oslo meeting

Jess Ennis... Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sheffield's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of this Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Oslo as she continues her recovery from an Achilles injury.

The 27-year-old pulled out of Saturday's Women's Athletic League Meeting in Edinburgh on the advice of the UKA medical team but she had been scheduled to compete in the Norwegian capital.

A statement released by her manager revealed Ennis-Hill's foot has been responding well to treatment but she has been advised to rest it further rather than risk aggravating it with only two months to go until the World Championships in Moscow.

Freedom of the city for Jess

Jessica Ennis with the the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Olympic heptathlon and gold medallist Jessica Ennis has been honoured with the Freedom of the City in her home city of Sheffield. A private reception for Jessica and invited guests took place at Sheffield Town Hall where she officially signed the scroll granting her the honour.

Jessica, who was welcomed home from the Olympics with a huge civic reception attended by thousands in the summer, attended a more intimate function to officially mark her becoming a Freeman of Sheffield. Presenting the award, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Councillor Campbell said:

"Becoming a Freeman of Sheffield is the highest civic honour we can display and Jessica truly deserves it. Jessica is an amazing sportswoman, with incredible success and worldwide appeal. She continues to inspire young people here in the city."

A proud Jessica with the scroll Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Jessica said:

“Winning the Olympics in Britain has exceeded everything I could have ever wished for and the reception I have received from my home city has been unbelievable. Being Olympic Champion is the best feeling ever and as an athlete the ultimate achievement. "

"I have to say a big thank you to the people of Sheffield who have believed in me and backed me over the years. To become a Freeman of Sheffield is the biggest civic honour anyone can get and I’m so proud to receive it.”

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