Golden girl Jess still hoping to rule world
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.
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.