Jessica Ennis-Hill takes home World Championships heptathlon gold - Women's Running Magazine

Jessica Ennis-Hill takes home World Championships heptathlon gold

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  September 10, 2015


Just 13 months after giving birth to her first son, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill completes a remarkable return to athletics, winning heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Beijing.

Returning to action in May following the birth of her son, the 29-year-old Olympic champion was, last month, still unsure as to whether to compete in Beijing. She told the BBC that although she “only wanted to come if [she] was able to compete for a medal”, she thought that gold was “a little beyond [her] this year”, admitting that she “would have been happy with a bronze!”

However, after strong performances in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on day one, Ennis-Hill took the lead. She entered Sunday’s second day 80 points clear, kicking off with a personal season’s best of 6.43m in the long jump. After throwing 42.51m in the first round of the javelin, Ennis-Hill entered the 800m with the equivalent of a six-second lead over nearest rival Nadine Broersen, winning the event in 2min 10.13sec.


On Saturday night, day two was, however, thought to be a slightly different story, with an expected battle of the Britons between Ennis-Hill and rising star Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Taking second place on Saturday night, 80 points behind Ennis-Hill, the 22-year-old was thought to wrestle her way to victory, with the long jump – arguably her strongest event – left to go. However, after recording three no jumps, Katrina Johnson-Thompson was left heartbroken as she threw away her chances of a medal.

Ennis-Hill, who felt truly sorry for Johnson-Thompson, attempted to console the 22-year-old. She said to the BBC:

“It’s awful. We’re rivals and we want to better each other, but when she did that in the long jump my heart sank for her.”

Described by Steve Cram as the “darling of British athletics”, Ennis-Hill’s remarkable comeback undoubtedly warrants such a title. Just nine months ago, the first-time mum was hopping on her exercise bike in her garage gym for the first time after the birth of her son. Now, after months of hard work, Ennis-Hill stands as World Champion, and also as one of our era’s inspiring “supermums” in British Athletics.

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