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Ennis-Hill to make heptathlon comeback

Jessica Ennis-Hill will be back. Credit: PA

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she will compete in her first heptathlon since London 2012 in Gotzis at the end of May.

The 29-year-old, who made her return to athletics in the last couple of weeks, has been struggling with a troublesome Achilles injury.

After competing in Loughborough at the weekend I felt pretty good the next day and my Achilles felt fine which is brilliant.

The results I have had at the competitions over the past few weeks are promising and we believe it is feasible for me to do a full heptathlon and achieve the level of points I need to qualify for Rio.

If I can achieve this early in the season it removes a real pressure, and all the indicators are looking positive, so I plan to go to Gotzis and give it my best shot.

– Jessica Ennis-Hill


Watch 'Sports Life Stories: Linford Christie' on ITV4

In the fifth episode of this new series, British sprinting legend Linford Christie talks to John Rawling about his journey from growing up in Jamaica to winning gold for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1992.

With contributions from fellow athletes Katharine Merry and Jonathan Edwards as well as journalists Jim Rosenthal and Neil Wilson and his coach Ron Roddan, Sports Life Stories tracks Linford’s career from the streets of West London to the Seoul Olympics and his reprieve for testing positive for a banned substance in 1988, to the high of winning gold in the 100 metres in Barcelona four years later.

I’m one of the few people who never talks about world records – never interested me at all. Records are made to be broken. Medals stay with you forever.

– Linford Christie
  • Watch Linford's story on ITV4 and ITV Player at 10pm tonight


Dick Pound to head up doping investigation

Dick Pound will head up the investigation. Credit: Reuters

Dick Pound, the hard-hitting former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

Pound will chair the three-man commission and will be joined by fellow Canadian Professor Richard McLaren, a longstanding member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It follows a programme broadcast by German TV station ARD on doping in Russia, which also alleged the IAAF world athletics body had failed to follow up on more than suspicious blood tests from more than 150 athletes including three from Britain.

A third member of the independent commission will be announced by WADA at a later stage.

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