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Farah and Ennis named in World Championships team

Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis will compete at the IAAF World Championships as part of a 60-strong British Athletics team, it has been announced.

Farah will defend his men's 5000m World Championships title at the event in Moscow, which takes place between 10 and 18 August.

Mo Farah pictured winning a gold medal in the 5000m men's race at the London 2012 Games. Credit: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/Press Association Images

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said, “The team selected for GB & NI are a mix of defending champions, potential medallists, finalists and some really exciting young talents that we seen as future medallists".

In pictures: Olympian Jessica Ennis gets married

Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis has married her long-term partner Andy Hill at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Hathersage, Derbyshire.

Well-wishers throw confetti at Jessica Ennis and her new husband, Andy Hill. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis and her new husband Andy Hill share a kiss for the cameras. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis and Andy Hill pose for the waiting media. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire


Athletes congratulate Jessica Ennis on her marriage

Paula Radcliffe, Iwan Thomas and British Athletics have congratulated Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis on her wedding to long-term partner Andy Hill:

Jessica Ennis marries fiancé in Derbyshire village

Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis has married her long-term partner Andy Hill at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Hathersage, Derbyshire.

Around 100 guests are thought to have attended the hour-long wedding service before heading off to a reception at an undisclosed location.

Jessica Ennis and Andy Hill Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis and Andy Hill share a joke after the ceremony Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis shows off her dress for the waiting media after the wedding Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis shows off her wedding ring and bouquet Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ennis named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Ennis is interviewed after receiving her award. Credit: @LaureusSport

Jessica Ennis has been named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, with fellow Britons Andy Murray and Lord Coe also picking up awards at a star-studded ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

Ennis' honour came after she won heptathlon gold at last summer's London Olympics, where she more than handled the pressure of going into the Games as Team GB's poster girl by storming to victory with a British record score of 6,955 points.

Murray claimed the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award having followed up his own medal success at the Olympics - gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles - by winning his first grand slam title at the US Open a month later.

Lord Coe, the chairman of the organising committee for London 2012 who won Olympic 1500 metres gold at the 1980 and 1984 Games, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Athletics club chief 'furious' at Don Valley closure

The City of Sheffield Athletics Club chairman said he is "furious" at the council's decision to close the Don Valley Stadium.

Mike Corden said:

The writing was on the wall when they didn't instantly rename it after Jess following the Olympics.

We asked that question straight away and the politicians averted their eyes and waited for it to go away.

It's an appalling mess and if the politicians were bankers people would be baying for blood.


Stadium where Jessica Ennis trains to close

The stadium where Olympic hero Jessica Ennis was discovered will be closed and demolished as a cost-cutting measure, councillors have decided.

The £29 million Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield - where Ennis still trains - is being sacrificed as part of Sheffield City Council's bid to save millions of pounds.

Jessica Ennis celebrating her Olympic Heptathlon gold at London 2012. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The councillors voted in favour of the measure as part of an overall budget plan that was approved after a five-hour meeting.

The Labour-run authority said it must find £50 million of savings next year after sweeping public spending cuts were announced by the Government

A general view of the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

It says the £700,000 it spent subsidising the facility in 2012/13 is unsustainable as the facility is running at a loss.

Ennis said yesterday after receiving her CBE at Buckingham Palace, "Having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible, and to lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through".

Council: Stadium closure 'one of bigger options on table'

Recently, Sheffield City Council said of proposals to close Don Valley Stadium:

These are extraordinarily difficult times and we have said that we will have to look at tough budget options because of the devastating Government cuts to public spending and local government.

We have said all along that we have to consider all options and Don Valley Stadium is one of the bigger options on the table.

I want to make it clear that no decisions have been made and when we are in a position to confirm our spending decisions we will do so.

– Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

A decision on the future of the stadium will be made later today.

Council considers Don Valley stadium closure

Sheffield City Council is due to make a decision over the closure of Don Valley stadium today.

The council has said that it faces £50m in cuts as a result of government budget reductions and cannot afford to subsidise the stadium which cost £700,000 per year to run.

Councillors are considering a plan to demolish Don Valley and reopen the nearby Woodbourn athletics stadium.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis was discovered at Don Valley stadium. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has appealed for the stadium to remain open, saying its closure "would be a huge shame".

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