Olympic heptathlon champion returned to action in Loughborough but admits she is still suffering pain in her ankle
Jessica Ennis-Hill marked her return to competitive action with a personal best throw in the javelin and a win in the long jump at a Loughborough European Athletics Permit meet on Tuesday.
Despite a best-ever throw of 48.33m in the third round of the javelin competition to add 84cm to her previous best and a leap of 6.26m to win the long jump competition, the 27-year-old admitted she is still feeling pain in the ankle that has caused her to delay her summer season.
She threw the javelin at a low-key meet in April, which was her first competitive outing since the London 2012, but had been forced to pull out of five meetings earlier this summer, including a UK Women’s League fixture in Edinburgh and the Oslo and Monaco legs of the Diamond League series.
In Loughborough Ennis-Hill demonstrated consistency as she managed five throws that bettered the 44m mark before passing on her final attempt in a competition won by Nora Bicet of Spain (57.08m). UK javelin No.1 Izzy Jeffs threw a best of 53.21m for second.
She then went on to contest the long jump where she could be seen taking off on her right foot, rather than her injured left. It was later learned that Ennis-Hill had reverted back to a right-footed take-off following the Olympics last year, having switched to a left-footed take-off three years ago following the foot injury that ruled her out of competing at the Beijing Games.
Despite performing well, her admission that she is still suffering pain will come as a concern with less than three weeks to go until the World Championships and the fact that, having also been forced to withdraw from the European Cup of Combined Events in Tallinn in June, she would compete in Moscow having not completed a full heptathlon this year.
The heptathlete is now due to compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Saturday, where she is entered for the 100m hurdles and long jump, though advised she will see how the next few days go before deciding for certain.
“Great to be back competing!” Ennis-Hill later tweeted. “Thanks for all the support! Keeping everything crossed and hoping I can be ready for London and the worlds!”
» For full results from Loughborough see here