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Ennis-Hill to bow out after London 2017

ESPN staff
March 7, 2014
Jessica Ennis-Hill battled an ankle injury throughout 2013 © PA Photos

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is ready to extend her career by a year after taking time out to have a baby.

The Briton, who announced she was pregnant in January, is expecting her first baby with her husband Andy.

She is set to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and, in an interview with The Times says she now plans to bow out after the World Championships in London 2017 rather than the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

"It's changed my view [the pregnancy]. Before I knew I was having the baby I thought Rio would be my last year and then I'd retire," Ennis-Hill said.

"Now I'm thinking that I might want to do an extra season and finish in London [at the World Championships in 2017]."

Ennis-Hill struggled with an ankle injury after winning gold at London 2012. She competed in April last year but missed the World Championships in Moscow having not fully recovered from the problem.

The 28-year-old though is determined to come back stronger once she has is a mother. "It's given me a whole new sense of motivation," Ennis-Hill said.

"I had this whole journey into London which was a unique experience, but afterwards I felt like I was in limbo. It was up and down, flat, then I got injured and it dragged on and on. I needed something extra.

"Now I have a completely different journey going into Rio. At first I thought, 'Oh gosh', and there was the shock of thinking how it would work. Now I feel more relaxed."

Ennis-Hill has targeted next year's World Championships for her return to action.

"I am looking at Beijing," she said. "That has helped because I have unfinished business there. I missed the 2008 Olympics with injury and so finally making it to China is definitely at the front of my mind. It's a new challenge and it's a huge one."

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