Jessica Ennis-Hill: I won’t compete beyond 2017 World Championships

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Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill said she will be retired by the end of 2017, according to the Telegraph.

It’s not surprising given Ennis-Hill is 29 and, in Rio next year, hopes to become the oldest Olympic heptathlon champion. The event was added to the Olympic program in 1984.

She also took more than one year off from competition — all of 2014 — and gave birth to boy Reggie.

Ennis-Hill won the World Championship in Beijing on Aug. 23, capping her comeback, though her point total was 286 points fewer than her peak at the London 2012 Games.

A reason to continue after the Rio Olympics would be to participate in the 2017 World Championships in front of home fans in London.

“I can absolutely say that I won’t be competing beyond that,” Ennis-Hill said of the 2017 Worlds, according to the newspaper. “Everything now is an absolute bonus. That’s not say I’m not going to give it 110 percent — I want to be the best I can be in Rio, but I feel I’ve achieved some great things in my career now.”

Ennis-Hill’s main rivals are younger than her — Worlds silver medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada (26), who in May scored higher than Ennis-Hill’s Worlds total, and countrywoman Katarina Johnson-Thompson (22).

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