Pregnant Jessica Ennis-Hill to miss Commonwealth Games

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she is pregnant and will miss this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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McColgan: Endurance athletes take 'more time to heal'

Athlete Liz McColgan won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres in the 1991 World Championships, and competed in the New York marathon just a year after giving birth to her first child.

McColgan told ITV News that it could take Jessica Ennis-Hill some time to heal as an endurance athlete, after the Olympian revealed she was pregnant.


Big-name athletes absent from Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt celebrate together after their gold medal successes at London 2012. Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill announced that she is pregnant and will miss the Glasgow games.

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah said he might skip the Commonwealth Games to recover from his first London Marathon in April.

World-record-breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he will probably only run in the 200m if he competes at all in Glasgow.

Ennis-Hill to return for 2016 Rio Olympics

Ennis-Hill, 27 and from Sheffield, who married long-time partner Andy Hill in Derbyshire last May, said in a statement released by her management:

I have some very unexpected but exciting news to share - Andy and I are expecting a baby.

We are completely overwhelmed, with excitement and a degree of anxiety that I am sure all first-time parents will relate to.

My plans for 2014 have been completely turned upside down, but having had a couple of weeks to think about things from a career point of view I am 100 per cent set on returning to full-time athletics once our baby is born and go for a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - that challenge really excites me.

But in the short term I will make our baby a priority and enjoy the whole experience as much as possible.

I am sorry I won't be in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, but know it will be an amazing occasion. I will be at home awaiting the arrival of a little Ennis-Hill.


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