Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill is ‘back to her best’, says training partner Karla Drew

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill smiles while competing in the long jump in the women's heptathlon in Ratingen. Picture: Maja Hitij/AP
Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill smiles while competing in the long jump in the women's heptathlon in Ratingen. Picture: Maja Hitij/AP
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Jessica Ennis-Hill is steeled to shine in Rio and make a successful Olympic defence, according to training partner Karla Drew.

An Achilles injury has set Ennis-Hill back in her summer preparations but she roared back to a winning return at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Germany this weekend.

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the long jump in Ratingen.

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the long jump in Ratingen.

Sheffield’s golden girl posted 6,733 points, 66 more than when winning the world title last year and the 2012 Olympic gold medallist is now sure to line up as favourite in Rio.

Drew, who has trained with Ennis-Hill under Toni Minichiello since 2010, said all the signs at their Sheffield training base were pointing in one direction.

“If she does what I think she will, she will come away with gold,” said Drew, after finishing sixth in the 100m hurdles at the British Championships.

“She is strong. She is fast and all the technical events are coming along nicely. By the time Rio comes along, she will be absolutely on it.”

The event in Ratingen was only Ennis-Hill’s second outing of the season, but the 30-year-old led from start to finish after winning the 100m hurdles in 13.3 seconds before extending her lead with 1.84m in the high jump.

She then registered her best shot put mark since winning gold in London, launching the put out to 14.29m. A strong performance of 23.36 in the 200m preceded a long jump personal best of 6.63m.

A distance of 44.37m in the javelin meant she could coast home in the competition ending 800m, stopping the clock at 2.11.46.