Golden girl Jess still hop­ing to rule world

ATH­LET­ICS

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JESSICA EN­NIS-HILL was due to make her lon­gawaited come­back from an an­kle in­jury at a low-key meet­ing in Lough­bor­ough last night.

The Olympic hep­tathlon cham­pion, 27, who has not com­peted yet this sum­mer be­cause of the in­jury, was set to com­pete in the javelin and the long jump.

The World Cham­pi­onships in Moscow are less than three weeks away.

En­nis-Hill’s only out­ing since win­ning gold at Lon­don 2012 has been a small event at Leeds Metropoli­tan Univer­sity in April, where she won the javelin.

The trou­ble­some an­kle in­jury has forced her to de­lay her come­back five times this sum­mer, most re­cently pulling out of last Fri­day’s Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Monaco.

Slow

Her sched­uled hep­tathlon in Es­to­nia at the end of June also fell by the way­side, mean­ing Moscow will be her first seven-event com­pe­ti­tion since Lon­don 2012.

En­nis-Hill has been fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme, work­ing with the UK Ath­let­ics med­i­cal team and her phys­io­ther­a­pist Ali­son Rose – but progress has been slow.

She is also sched­uled to com­pete on Satur­day in the Sains­bury’s An­niver­sary Games at the Olympic Sta­dium.

The Sh­effield ath­lete was last week named in the GB team for the World Cham­pi­onships and UKA per­for­mance di­rec­tor Neil Black claims she can still win gold in Rus­sia.

En­nis-Hill will be look­ing to re­claim the ti­tle she lost in Daegu two years ago to Rus­sia’s Tatyana Chernova.

COME­BACK: En­nis-Hill

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