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Jessica Ennis-Hill announces her retirement from athletics

Andrew Madden
13 October, 2016 10:04

OLYMPIC athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from athletics.

The 30-year-old heptathlete had hinted at her possible exit from the sport after winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics in August.

Ennis-Hill burst onto the scene at the age of 20 when she one her first medal, a bronze, at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

A dominating streak soon followed with gold in Berlin’s 2009 World Championships and another in the European Championships in Barcelona a year later.

Heading home for the 2012 London games, Ennis-Hill broke the commonwealth and British records to grab the number one spot on the podium.

After missing the 2014 World Championships to have her son, Reggie, Ennis-Hill returned in style 13 months later to reclaim her crown as one of the sport’s greatest.

In an emotional statement on social media, the world champion thanked her family, team and fans for helping her “achieve my dreams”.

 

13 October, 2016 10:04 Sport

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