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Jessica Ennis-Hill retirement: Fans react

Ennis-Hill won her first medal, a bronze, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Picture by Dave Thompson, PA Wire
Andrew Madden

AS athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from athletics today, hundreds of fans and fellow athletes reacted to the news on social media.

Being at the top of her profession for over a decade, the Olympic gold medallist competed alongside some the sport’s greatest. Many of them expressed their gratitude for her legacy online.

Fellow British heptathlete Katerina Johnson-Thompson wrote on Twitter:

Former Commonwealth champion Kelly Sotherton said:

Over her storied and successful career, Ennis-Hill won four championship gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. Many spoke of the inspiration she has been to young women everywhere.

British legend and former heptathlon gold-medalist Denise Lewis said:

Former Commonwealth sprinter Dai Greene wrote:

Ennis-Hill herself voiced her thanks to her fans and team in the retirement announcement on Instagram.

“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,” she said,

“Also a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years.”

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