Ennis-Hill to miss British Champs

Suspicions that Olympic heptathlon champion Jess Ennis-Hill would not be fit to compete at this weekend’s Sainsbury’s British Championships confirmed

Jessica Ennis (Mark Shearman)

Jess Ennis-Hill will not compete this weekend at the Sainsbury’s British Championships as she continues her recovery from an ankle injury.

Given that she recently withdrew from the European Cup of Combined Events in Tallinn, it was not a huge surprise to hear she will also miss this weekend’s event in Birmingham where she would have competed in a mix of track and field events.

“Jessica Ennis-Hill will not be competing this weekend at the Sainsbury’s British Championships,” read a statement from UK Athletics.

“She is following a very comprehensive re-habilitation programme, working with the British Athletics medical team and her physiotherapist Alison Rose.”

This news will add to fears as to her fitness ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in just a month’s time, although the statement continued to explain that her coach Toni Minichiello and the medical team remain optimistic.

“Progress is slow,” it read, “but her coach Toni Minichiello and the wider medical team remain optimistic at this stage that she will be in shape to compete in the World Championships in August.”

The 27-year-old would already have been heading to Moscow without having competed in a heptathlon this year after missing Tallinn. She threw the javelin at a low-key meet in April but has not competed since and also pulled out of a UK Women’s League fixture in Edinburgh and the Oslo leg of the Diamond League series.

Ennis-Hill is not the only casualty ahead of the British Championships, as Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has also been ruled out after pulling his hamstring at the Paris Diamond League meeting last weekend.

“I’m disappointed not to be competing at the Sainsbury’s British Championships this weekend,” he said, “but I’m hoping to be back on the track soon.”

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