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Jessica Ennis-Hill leads heptathlon after three events

Will Ennis-Hill bring back gold? Credit: Reuters

Jessica Ennis-Hill lay in gold medal position after three events of her heptathlon as she made a strong return to the global stage at the World Championships in Beijing.

The Olympic champion, in her first major championship since London 2012 and 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie, was on 2,968 points, 34 clear of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

Team-mate and rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson was also going well, despite dropping down to ninth on 2,854 after the shot put, her weakest event.


Jessica Ennis-Hill leads World Championships heptathlon

Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the heptathlon after two events. Credit: Reuters

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson towered over their World Championship rivals after the opening two events of the heptathlon in Beijing.

Ennis-Hill, in her first major championship since London 2012 and 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie, clocked 12.91 seconds over the 100 metres hurdles.

She equalled her season's best of 1.86m in the high jump to lead the way on 2192 points.

Johnson-Thompson lay in second place, 30 points behind her team mate.

The 22-year-old ran a personal best of 13.37secs in the 100 metres hurdles, and was the only athlete to clear 1.89m in the high jump.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson ran a personal best time in the 100m hurdles. Credit: Reuters

Ennis-Hill named in World Championship squad

Jessica Ennis-Hill impressed over the weekend. Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete in her first major championship since London 2012 after deciding to go to the World Championships in Beijing next month.

The Olympic heptathlon champion passed the acid test of her fitness at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games last weekend with flying colours, recording her best performances since the Olympics in the 100 metres hurdles, long jump and 200m.


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

Jessica Ennis-Hill eyes Manchester comeback

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on May 9.

The Olympic heptathlon champion will take part in her strongest event after a near two-year absence from competition following the birth of son Reggie last summer.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Ennis-Hill set a British record of 12.54 seconds for the 100m hurdles at London 2012, although that has since been broken by Tiffany Porter.

I'm really looking forward to making my competitive return at the Great CityGames Manchester. The atmosphere is always amazing there.

Street athletics is a lot of fun, not only you are really close to the fans, but the energy around the Morrison's Great Manchester Run weekend is fantastic, as the elite races and the mass participation run bring the city together in a celebration of running.

– Jessica Ennis-Hill
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