Olympic and world heptathlon champion to continue on her road to Rio at the London Diamond League event in July
Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to take on some of the world’s top sprint hurdlers when she competes at the Muller Anniversary Games, staged at the former Olympic Stadium in London just two weeks before the start of the Rio Olympic Games.
The Olympic and world heptathlon champion will contest the 100m hurdles on Friday July 22 before lining up for the long jump on Saturday July 23.
Ennis-Hill looks on course to challenge for a podium position in Rio following her best heptathlon since the 2012 Olympics in challenging weather conditions in Germany last weekend.
She won in Ratingen with 6733 points, just 32 points behind Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s world leading mark set in Gotzis last month, and she is now looking forward to returning to the stadium where she won Olympic gold in 2012 and set a then British 100m hurdles record of 12.54.
Going up against Ennis-Hill over the barriers will be 2016 world leader and the second fastest women ever, Kendra Harrison, who will look to extend her gap at the top of the Diamond Race standings. She will be joined by fellow Americans Nia Ali, who is the world indoor champion, and 2013 world champion Brianna Rollins, plus Britain’s European champion Tiffany Porter.
Ennis-Hill said: “I have been very selective about my competitions but due to the very strong field in the 100m hurdles in London my coach and myself felt it was good to have a fast race before heading to the training camp for Rio.
“I love running the hurdles and know there is a quicker time in me this year. The competition on the Friday night at the Muller Anniversary Games will be tough, so I am banking on a good crowd to lift me to run a good time.”
Harrison has been in incredible form during 2016 as she has won all six of her races and rewritten the American record with a time of 12.24. She will have Sally Pearson’s stadium record of 12.35 and maybe even the world record of 12.21 in her sights when she lines up at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“I’m really happy with how I’ve been running this year and it will be important to keep it going at the Muller Anniversary Games with it being so close to the Olympics,” said Harrison. “I’ve been getting close to the world record and if everything goes perfectly hopefully I can challenge it in London.”
Pearson, meanwhile, will not be in action, with the Olympic champion having sustained a hamstring injury in training which is set to prevent her from competing in Rio. It is a further blow for the Australian, who had battled back from a serious wrist injury after a fall last year in Rome.