Olympic champ Jessica Ennis-Hill to make heptathlon return at World Championships

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OLYMPIC champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August, her first major competition since returning to the sport after the birth of her son.
Ennis-Hill announced her decision following excellent performances at the London Anniversary Games on Friday (July 24), where she equalled her second fastest ever time in the 100m hurdles, at 12.79 seconds, and a 6.37-metre score in the long jump, her furthest since London 2012. She also posted another season’s best, a decent 23.49 seconds, in the 200m.
The Olympic champion said on Twitter on Tuesday (July 28) that she and her coach had made the decision that she would make herself available for selection for world championships.
She will be up against Britain’s other great heptathlon contender, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, but her coach is confident of Ennis-Hill’s chances. “If she wasn’t capable of getting on the podium we wouldn’t have entertained going,” trainer Toni Minichiello told the Guardian newspaper. “She’s got to be good enough to be competitive to win medals. Fundamentally that is what you are funded to do. It’s your job, basically.”

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