Ennis hangs up her spikes for the summer
Friday 06 August 2010
Jessica Ennis has decided to call time on her outdoor season in the wake of her heptathlon victory at the European Championships in Barcelona last weekend. After discussions with her long-time coach, Toni Minichiello, the 24-year-old Sheffield athlete announced yesterday that she would not be taking part in the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace next Friday or Saturday and would be hanging up her running spikes for the summer.
"I had planned to run in the Aviva London Grand Prix and possibly the Brussels Diamond League," Ennis said, "but on serious reflection Toni and I have decided that rest is key to my recovery both from the European Championships and the illness I had before I went out there.
"We have to look at the next two years, running into London 2012. I have had an amazing season and to win at the European Championships was incredible. It was such a close competition but there was no way I was not going to win."
Ennis ultimately prevailed in Barcelona by a margin of 45 points, ahead of Nataliya Dobrynska, the Olympic champion from the Ukraine.
Minichiello said: "We have always made decisions based on what is best for Jess and also how best to improve her performance going forward, particularly with London 2012 on the horizon. I have chatted to the wider team who work with Jess and we all feel a full debrief and analysis of the season – and for her to recover fully – is more important than chasing races."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Besiktas: Seven reasons why Arsenal could suffer a Champions League upset
Manchester United transfer news: Is Angel Di Maria really worth £59.7m?
MK Dons vs Manchester United League Cup match report: Louis van Gaal is humiliated after Jonny Evans' error sparks drubbing
Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker insisting on permanent AC Milan deal - reports
Angel Di Maria to Manchester United: Winger was once sold for 35 footballs - now it's £60m
- 1 Rice Bucket Challenge: India's take on the Ice Bucket Challenge 'for Indian needs'
- 2 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 Rubble Bucket Challenge: Ice Bucket Challenge adapted in solidarity with Gazans whose homes have been destroyed in conflict
- 5 Teenager dies after suspected ice bucket challenge goes horribly wrong
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle
Air strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script after James Foley beheading
TBC: Test Recruiter for iJobs: Job London (Greater)
£65000 - £75000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...
£120 - £180 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are looki...
£70 - £100 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: School Receptionist - Part ...