Ennis-Hill confirms heptathlon return in Gotzis

Jessica Ennis-Hill in the javelin during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough. (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
Jessica Ennis-Hill in the javelin during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough. (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
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Jessica Ennis-Hill will continue her comeback by taking part in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012 in Gotzis at the end of the month.

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

But after coming through unscathed in long jump and javelin competitions at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on Sunday, Ennis-Hill has decided she will compete in Gotzis for the event on May 30-31.

She will be bidding to secure the 6,200 points she needs to be eligible to defend her Olympic heptathlon title at Rio 2016.

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

“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.”

Ennis-Hill had a near two-year absence from athletics due to injury and the birth of her first child last year, but marked her return by finishing third in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on May 9.

She followed that up with third and sixth-placed finishes in the long jump and javelin respectively at Loughborough over the weekend, enough to convince her to make a competitive return to the heptathlon.

While some of the best heptathletes will be on show at the Hypo-Meeting in Austria, Ennis-Hill’s British rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson will not compete as she is not ready to compete over seven events.

Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichiello was relieved his charge came through her events at Loughborough unharmed and is confident she can excel in Gotzis.

“Having come through the weekend’s competition without any issues from a physical point of view, and for Jess to actually feel good, I am feeling positive about her being in a position to achieve the qualification for the Olympics in Gotzis,” he said.