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Ennis-Hill could hang up her spikes after Rio

Ennis-Hill will compete at the Olympics this summer. Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill insists there is no chance of her continuing her career beyond the 2017 World Championships in London.

The Olympic heptathlon champion is building up to the defence of her title in Rio and admits she could hang up her spikes after August's event in Brazil.

"I think at the moment I'm just focused on Rio and being the best prepared I can and going out there and seeing what I can do," said the 30-year-old, who is recovering from an Achilles injury which ruled her out of the indoor season.

"And then it's going to be a decision to make after Rio for me - whether I decide to retire after Rio or whether I decide I want to do one more year and go to the World Championships and retire after that. But I definitely won't be going on any longer than 2017."

The Sheffield athlete will head to Rio as the reigning world champion after her astonishing comeback victory in Beijing last summer when she took gold in only her second heptathlon since London 2012 and just 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie.

Ennis-Hill named Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold in the heptathlon at the 2015 World Championships. Credit: DPA

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold again in 2015, this time at the Sportswomen of the Year awards on Friday evening.

The Olympic heptathlon champion returned from giving birth to her first child to land World Championship gold in Beijing in August.

Ennis-Hill said: "When I think back to the year it has been incredibly hard. Just adjusting to life as a mum and having those amazing experiences, and coming back into training and reaching the top of my career again, it's been absolutely incredible. I really didn't think I would win the gold medal."

England's hockey side were named Team of the Year.They came from 2-0 behind to force a penalty shoot-out in which they beat Holland to take the EuroHockey title in August.

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.

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