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Jessica Ennis-Hil to return to action at Great CityGames in Manchester

March 26, 2015

Jessica Ennis-Hill, the British golden girl of London 2012, will be back in action in front of a home crowd in the Great CityGames Manchester on Saturday 9 May.Jess-Ennis

The Olympic heptathlon champion has not competed since the Anniversary Games in London in July 2013 but is on the comeback trail following the birth of her son, Reggie, in July last year. She will line up for the 100m hurdles in front of an expected 25,000 crowd and the BBC television cameras on Deansgate.

It will be Ennis-Hill’s first major test of 2015 and there will be huge interest in her form as she prepares for her return to the seven-event heptathlon at the Hypo Meeting at Gotzis in Austria on May 30-31.

Ennis-Hill is scheduled to face the rising Liverpudlian multi-eventer Katarina Johnson-Thompson in Gotzis in what promises to be an intriguing prelude to the battle for the heptathlon gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August – and the Olympic Games in Rio next year, when her title will be on the line.

Johnson-Thompson topped the heptathlon world rankings last year and earlier this month she won the European indoor pentathlon crown in Prague, breaking Ennis-Hill’s British record.

The 22-year-old will also be in action in the Great CityGames Manchester but in the 200m hurdles and long jump.

Ennis-Hill will be lining up in her best event. The stunning time of 12.54 seconds that she clocked in the opening discipline of the 2012 Olympic heptathlon competition stood as a British record until Tiffany Porter clocked 12.51 seconds at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakesh in September last year.


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