Jessica Ennis-Hill targets return at Beijing World Championships

Last Updated: 05/03/14 1:41pm

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Jessica Ennis-Hill wants to defend her Heptathlon Olympic gold in Rio.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill says she hopes to return to training later this year with a view to participating in next year's World Championships in Beijing.

The reigning Olympic heptathlon champion is expecting a child with husband Andy Hill and will not take part in this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ennis says she is looking forward to watching the Games in Glasgow from a distance and revealed she is already looking ahead to the next Olympics in Rio.

"It's a really exciting year for me and my husband and I'm looking forward to what is to come and the new challenges ahead," she told Sky Sports News.

"I'd love to be ready for the World Championships which are in Beijing next year, but Rio is my main objective to be back into peak shape and peak condition and to go out there and defend my title."
Jessica Ennis-Hill

"I would have loved to have been at the Commonwealth Games with it being in Glasgow, but it's going to be brilliant to support the team and watch everyone compete there.

"It will be different being on the sofa with a little baby but I'm really looking forward to cheering on the team.

"I'm hoping to get back into training for the winter season coming up this year. I will see how things go and see how I adapt from having a child, but I'm very much focussing on getting back into training gradually and focussing on the following year.

"I'd love to be ready for the World Championships which are in Beijing next year, but Rio is my main objective to be back into peak shape and peak condition and to go out there and defend my title.

Amazing

The 27-year-old is expected to face stiff competition in the future from fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Ennis-Hill says the European Under-23 champion has a promising future.

"Kat's been around for a while now and she is an amazing athlete," Ennis-Hill said. "She's a great heptathlete and she's got a lot more to come.

"It's a shame she was not able to get the score to go to the world indoors, but I know she will be there for the long jump where she has got a great chance and a great opportunity.

"I think it's going to be a really promising year for Kat. She's got a great opportunity with the Commonwealth Games and can take that form into the summer season and beyond, so it's going to be a really exciting season for her."

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt have yet to confirm their Commonwealth Games participation, but Ennis-Hill dismissed suggestions the duo might be reluctant to take part.

"I don't think it's anything to do with the Commonwealth Games it's a fantastic competition and it's one of my favourites," she said. "I think it's to do with athletes individual schedules and what they have planned for the year.

"But saying that there are going to be some amazing athletes there in Glasgow no matter what and it's going to be a fantastic competition."

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