Jess Ennis-Hill celebrates her silver medal at Rio 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
British Olympic great Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from athletics.
The 30-year-old won heptathlon gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016, and is a two-time world champion.
Ennis-Hill released a statement on her Instagram account saying it was “one of the toughest decisions” she has faced but “retiring now is right”.
Ennis-Hill did hint about retirement immediately after winning silver in Brazil, saying: “It’s going to be a tough decision, I’m going to go away and think about it. At this moment, I’m tired and emotional, it’s a big decision.”
The Sheffield-born all-rounder emulated Sydney 2000 champion Denise Lewis to win heptathlon gold in 2012, claiming victory on a memorable Super Saturday which also saw Mo Farah win the 10,000 metres and Greg Rutherford take the long jump crown inside the Olympic Stadium.
She gave birth to son Reggie in July 2014 – missing the 2014 Commonwealth Games – but was back in action to compete at the Rio Olympics this summer, although she was unable to defend her title when she finished runner-up to Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam by just 35 points.