Birmingham event is too soon for Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill with her coach Toni Minichiello. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.
Jessica Ennis-Hill with her coach Toni Minichiello. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from tomorrow’s Birmingham Grand Prix as she bides her time before a possible World Championship bid later this year.

Ennis-Hill made a successful return to action at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis last weekend in her first heptathlon since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

The Sheffield star finished fourth and achieved the Olympic qualifying standard but admitted her exertions came at a price.

And, after discussions with her coach Toni Minichiello, the 29-year-old made the decision not to rush back into a top-level schedule.

Ennis-Hill said: “Having competed in my first full heptathlon in three years, both Toni and I feel that my body held up well in Gotzis and we are delighted with how I did, but I feel competing seven days later is going to be too soon.”

Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) is in a strong 1,500m field which includes Mo Farah. Silver medallist in the European indoor 3,000m this year, Emanuel has been training in New Mexico but is back in the UK making a bid for the World Championships.

City of Sheffield and Dearne AC go into the second round of the British League (Premier Division) at Lee Valley today in the lead after their opening victory at Woodbourn Road.

With a good mix of youth and experience the Sheffield squad should do well.

The 400m should be a big points scorer with Grant Plenderleith and Tim Burn forming a powerful combination.

International Rick Yates is listed for both hurdles while Joe Dunderdale should be a big points scorer in the javelin. Decathlete Liam Ramsay has a busy day, scheduled for the 200, 110 Hurdles, Pole Vault and Long Jump.

In the Northern League, Wakefield Harriers, third in the top division, compete at Blackburn.