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Sheffield's Jess takes major step towards world athletics championship

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill took a major step towards the world athletics championships last night when she impressed in the stadium where she captured Olympic gold three years ago.

Jess Ennis-Hill Credit: Press Association

Having only returned to action in May following the birth of her son Reggie she shattered her season's best by clocking 12.7 seconds to finish fifth in a world class 100 metres hurdles.

Today she is due to further assess her fitness when she takes part in the long jump and the 200m at the Anniversary Games, in London's Olympic Stadium.

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.


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.

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.

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