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ENNIS-HILL TO COMPETE AT SAINSBURY’S ANNIVERSARY GAMES

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Jess Ennis-Hill

14 April 2015

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (coach: Toni Minichiello) has confirmed that she will compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 24-25 July.                

The world’s best athletes are set to head to the Park for the three-day athletics event, including the world’s only two-day IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Ennis-Hill will return to the Stadium where she created London 2012’s most iconic moment as she clinched Olympic gold on the same evening as her British teammates Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) and Greg Rutherford (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) on ‘Super Saturday’.

The 29 year old missed the 2014 season after giving birth to her first child but will return to IAAF Diamond League action in London and is looking forward to testing herself ahead of an important summer and her long term goal of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

The British heptathlon record holder said: “I am really looking forward to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium. My race schedule is starting to take shape and it will be good to compete and get a sense of where I am in my return to competing. My main goal this season is to be as competitive as possible with the long term goal being the Rio Olympics.

“Diamond League meetings always have the best athletes in the world so I’m sure this will be a good test for me; I want to perform well being back on the big stage in London but I will be realistic as 2015 is about the challenge of getting back to competitive shape after having my little boy and ultimately making the necessary progression to be at my best for Rio.”

British Athletics have secured the right to host athletics events in the former Olympic Stadium for one month every year for the next 50 years from 2016 and Ennis-Hill is excited about returning to the scene of her success from 2012.

“The 2012 Olympics were an incredible experience for me and it will be very special to step out on that track again. It will be amazing to compete in front of all our British fans who I am sure will have their own  memories of the London Games too.

For more information about the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games please visit britishathletics.org.uk.

Sainsbury’s is proud to be a long-term supporter of British Athletics and a champion of inclusive sport for all, from grassroots to elite level.