Athletics: Louise Hazel fears Jessica Ennis-Hill may not reach heights of 2012 again
Last Updated: 10/01/14 11:10am
Hazel backs Jess to return
Louise Hazel has said there is no guarantee that Jessica Ennis-Hill will be able to reach the heights of 2012 again.
Ennis-Hill has announced that she is pregnant and will miss this year's Commonwealth Games - but still intends to return to the track to defend her Olympic crown in Rio de Janiero in 2016.
Hazel, the 2010 Commonwealth Games heptathlon champion, said she was delighted to hear the Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador's news - but felt it could be tough for her to defend her title in two year's time.
"Is it possible to be an elite sportswoman and have a baby? Yes," she told Sky Sports News. "Is it possible to come back from Olympic gold as a heptathlete and go on to Rio... it throws a huge question over the continuation of a career as a heptathlete and that's just being realistic.
"I think she'll be able to come back and compete. The question is: in what event?
"Will she be able to get back to the same form she's been showing in recent years and be competitive?
"You have to look at people like Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who's been breaking Jess' junior records non-stop."
Hazel, who retired from heptathlon but is planning to continue her athletics career in other events, is backing Johnson-Thompson to come good in Glasgow.