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Ennis withdraws from UK Indoors

ESPN staff
February 13, 2011

Jessica Ennis has withdrawn from the long jump and 60 metres hurdles at the UK Indoor Trials and Championships in Sheffield due to injury concerns.

The 25-year-old won the high jump event on Saturday, but complained afterwards of a soreness in her ankle that she would have to monitor overnight.

The world champion heptathlete subsequently competed in the women's shot put final, finishing seventh, but has now decided not to return on Sunday for her remaining two scheduled events.

"It was all right jumping, it's not my take-off leg, but I could just feel it a little towards the end so I thought there was no point pushing on and injuring myself," Ennis said on Saturday.

"At this stage I've done the high jump, I'm happy with the way everything's going. I've covered all the events going into the Europeans bar the 800m so I'm quite happy with everything and just want to stay injury free."

Ennis will now focus on getting herself fully fit for the European Indoor Championships in Paris next month.

As events continued on day two, it was Ennis' former heptathlon rival Kelly Sotherton who was the big winner in Sheffield - as she completed an emotional victory in the women's 400 metres.

The 34-year-old broke down in tears after her success - won in a time 53.46 seconds - as she proved to herself her career is not yet over after serious injury problems in recent years.

"I feel quite emotional because a year ago I was told my career could be over," Sotherton said. "When I prolapsed the disc in my back it was career-threatening and I had to make a decision whether to end my career or try something new.

"The last four months my team have really believed in me so I feel this is for them as well as me. It's very emotional, I don't think I've ever cried and been happy at the same time.

"It means quite a lot, more than some other wins I've had in my time."

Elsewhere, former Olympic 1500 metres finalist Andrew Baddeley won the men's 3000 metres with a time of seven minutes 54 seconds, while Joice Maduaka rolled back the years to win the 200 metres in a time of 23.63 seconds.

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