Returning hero in no rush to prove herself

Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the long jump during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough.
Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the long jump during the Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, Loughborough.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill insists she is still in the dark over whether she will be ready to make her heptathlon return at the end of the month.

The Olympic champion is due to compete in her first seven-event competition since landing gold at London 2012 at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, but remains unsure of her readiness after continuing her comeback with steady performances in the long jump and javelin at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, who returned to action for the first time in almost two years last weekend, recorded 6.16 metres in the long jump and 43.88m in the javelin at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.

Both marks were well down on her personal bests, but the javelin in particular was a solid season opener and Ennis-Hill declared herself “reasonably happy” with her afternoon’s work, adding: “I don’t think I can be too disappointed, but obviously I want to improve.”

She placed third in the long jump and sixth in the javelin.

Ennis-Hill admitted lacking race sharpness after making her highly-anticipated comeback over the 100 metres hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester last Saturday, her first race since the birth of her son Reggie, and this was another chance for the Olympic champion to assess her readiness for Gotzis.

And there were more signs of understandable rustiness, especially in the long jump.

Her training has been hampered by problems to both her Achilles and she said the injury had “been a little bit up and down through the week” following her run in Manchester.

She said: “I’ve had to manage it and get treatment.

“I’ve not been able to do the full amount of training I’ve wanted to do.”