Jessica Ennis-Hill announces her retirement from athletics
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”.
Amazing memories...from my first world title in Berlin 2009 to Rio 2016 I'm so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I've had to make. But I know that retiring now is right. I've always said I want to leave my sport on a high and have no regrets and I can truly say that. I want to thank my family and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and enabling me to achieve my dreams. Also a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years x