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Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis 100 m.jpg
Ennis-Hill at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameJessica Ennis
Born (1986-01-28) 28 January 1986 (age 33)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[1]
Andy Hill (m. 2013)
CountryGreat Britain
ClubCity of Sheffield & Dearne athletic club
Turned pro2005
Achievements and titles
World finals2007 – 4th
2009 – 1st
2011 – 1st
2015 – 1st
Olympic finals2012 – 1st
2016 – 2nd
Highest world rankingHeptathlon: 1 (2009, 2010, 2012)
Personal best(s)Heptathlon 6,955 points[1] Pentathlon 4,965 points[1]
Updated on 8 March 2017.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill[1] DBE (born 28 January 1986) is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015), and the 2010 European champion.[3][4] She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion. A member of the City of Sheffield & Dearne athletic club, she is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon. She is a former British record holder in the 100 metres hurdles, the high jump and the indoor pentathlon.[5]

Early life

Born in Sheffield on 28 January 1986,[1] Ennis-Hill is one of two daughters of Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell. She has a younger sister, Carmel.[6] Her father is a Jamaican[7] self-employed painter and decorator,[6] while her English mother is a social worker from Derbyshire.[8] Her father did some sprinting at school, whilst her mother favoured the high jump.[7]

They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a Start:Track event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays.[9] She won her first athletics prize there, which was a pair of trainers. More importantly, it was there that she met Toni Minichiello, the man who was to become her coach.[10]

Ennis-Hill took to the sport immediately and joined the City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletic Club the following year, aged 11.[11] In November 2000, aged 14, she won the Sheffield Federation for School Sports Whitham Award for the best performance by a Sheffield athlete at the National Schools Championships, where she won the high jump competition.[12] Growing up in the Highfield area of Sheffield,[13] Ennis attended Sharrow Primary School and King Ecgbert School in Dore, where she did her GCSEs and stayed on in the sixth form to gain three A-Levels,[6] before going on to study psychology at the University of Sheffield and graduating in 2007 with a 2:2.[6]

Ennis's full-time coach throughout her career was UK Athletics national coach for combined events Antonio 'Toni' Minichiello, who coached her since she was eleven years old.[14] She also received specialist javelin coaching from World Championships bronze medallist and European Championships silver medallist Mick Hill.

Junior competitions

Ennis took part in athletics from a young age. She competed in the high jump and pentathlon at the English Schools AAA Junior Girls in 1999,[15][16] then won the AAA Girls title in the high jump the following year at the age of fourteen, clearing 1.70 metres.[17] In 2001, she was runner-up at the high jump and heptathlon events in the English Schools AAA Intermediate section and won the high jump in 2002 with a jump of 1.80 metres.[18][19][20] Ennis established herself as one of Britain's top junior athletes at the AAA U20 Championships in 2003 as she took the indoor pentathlon title and outdoor 100 m hurdles title.

Ennis competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in July, where after leading at the end of the first day she finished in fifth position with 5,311 points.[21]

The following year Ennis competed in the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, where she finished eighth with 5,542 points, again after leading at the end of the first day.[22] Ennis won two silver medals, in the 100 m hurdles and the high jump, at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia, held in November and December 2004,[23] and won the heptathlon at the July 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, with a British junior record score of 5,891 points.[24]

Professional athletics career

One of Ennis's first victories as a senior came in February 2004, when she was eighteen years old. She won the 60 m hurdles at the Northern Senior Indoor Championships in a time of 8.60 seconds. Two weeks earlier she had won three Northern Junior Indoor Championship titles: the 60 m sprint, the 60 m hurdles and the high jump.[25] Also in February Ennis finished third in the 60 m hurdles at the AAA Indoor Championships in Sheffield in a time of 8.43 seconds.[26] At the July 2005 AAA Championships Ennis competed in the 100 m hurdles, in which she recorded a personal best time of 13.26 seconds, and the high jump.[27]

Ennis's first senior international competition was the 2005 Universiade, held in August in İzmir, Turkey, where she won a bronze medal in the heptathlon with a new personal best of 5,910 points, behind winner Lyudmila Blonska and second-placed Simone Oberer.[28]

2006: First senior competition medal

Ennis won a bronze medal for England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia with a personal best score of 6,269 points, improving her previous best total by more than 350 points. Her high jump of 1.91 metres would have been enough to take the individual event gold medal. She achieved personal bests in the high jump, the 200 m and the javelin. Before the competition her aim was merely to score over 6,000 points.[29] The competition was won by Kelly Sotherton with 6,396 points, with Kylie Wheeler second on 6,298 points.

At the AAA Championships in July Ennis competed in the 100 m hurdles, in which she recorded a personal best time of 13.19 seconds in the heats, and the high jump.[30] In July, Ennis guided the Great Britain women's team to a fourth-place finish in the overall competition at the European Cup Combined Events Super League competition in Arles, France with a combined points total of 17,454.[31] Ennis finished fourth in the individual standings with a points total of 6,170.[32]

Later in 2006 Ennis improved her personal best with a score of 6,287 points when finishing eighth at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ennis produced personal bests in the shot put, the 200 m and the javelin. The medallists were Carolina Klüft (6,740 points), Karin Ruckstuhl (6,423 points) and Lilli Schwarzkopf (6,420 points).[33].

2007: World Championships breakthrough

In January, Ennis set a new personal best of 8.24 seconds in the 60 m hurdles at the Loughborough indoor meeting, whilst in February, at the UK Indoor City Challenge Cup in Sheffield, she set personal bests of 7.43 seconds in the 60 m and 6.19 metres in the long jump.[34][35]

Ennis finished sixth in the pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships, in Birmingham, improving her personal best score by more than 300 points to 4,716. In May she broke the British under-23 heptathlon record, set by Denise Lewis in 1994, by winning in Desenzano, Italy, with a score of 6,388 points. In doing so Ennis equalled the British high jump record of 1.95 metres and recorded personal bests in the 100 metres hurdles (13.12 seconds) and the long jump (6.40 metres).[36]

At the European U-23 Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, in July, Ennis won a bronze medal in the 100 metres hurdles in a time of 13.09 seconds, behind winner Nevin Yanit and Christina Vukicevic.[37] Later in July, Ennis beat Kelly Sotherton into second place in European Cup Combined Events Super League competition in Szczecin, Poland, scoring 6,399 points, a personal best, beating her own British under-23 record. Ennis also led GB women to first place in the team competition.[38] She set two lifetime bests in the process in the 800 metres and the javelin. At the end of July Ennis won the 100 metres hurdles in a time of 13.25 seconds at the Norwich Union World Trials & AAA Championships.[39]

In August Ennis finished fourth at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, behind the winner Carolina Klüft, Lyudmyla Blonska and Kelly Sotherton, recording the fastest times in the three track events, including a personal best of 12.97 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles.[citation needed] Ennis finished second overall in the 2007 World Combined Events Challenge, a competition based on points accumulated at any three of the year's thirteen qualifying events, behind the Osaka silver-medallist, Lyudmyla Blonska.[40] The following year Blonska was banned for life for her second career doping offence.[41][42] In September, Ennis won the inaugural "European Athletics Rising Star" Award.[43]

2008: Injury setback

In January, Ennis set new indoor personal bests of 8.18 seconds in the 60 metres hurdles and 6.33 metres in the long jump at the Norwich Union International Match at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.[44] At the Norwich Union Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield in early February, which she entered despite deciding not to compete in the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, Ennis finished third in the 60 metres hurdles in a time of 8.20 seconds and won the high jump with 1.92 metres.[45]

Ennis withdrew from the heptathlon competition at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria after the first day's events citing pain in her right foot. A scan later revealed the injury as stress fractures of the navicular and a metatarsal of the right foot. As a consequence she missed that year's Olympic Games in Beijing and the rest of the 2008 season.[46]

2009: First world title

After a twelve-month lay-off due to injury, Ennis returned to competition at the World Combined Events Challenge in Desenzano del Garda in May, winning the event with a personal best score of 6,587 points, including an 800 metres personal best,[47] also breaking Liliana Năstase's 16-year-old meeting record in the process.[48] Ennis's foot injury meant she had to change her take-off leg in the long jump from right to left. At the UK Championships in Birmingham in July Ennis won the high jump and 100 metres hurdles.

In August, Ennis won the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin with a personal best points total of 6,731, 238 points ahead of silver medallist Jennifer Oeser of Germany and Poland's Kamila Chudzik.[1][4] She led the competition from the first event and posted a personal best of 14.14 metres in the shot put, whilst her first day points total of 4,124 points was the third-best first-day heptathlon score ever, behind world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee and European record holder Carolina Klüft. Ennis's World Championships points total of 6,731, 238 points was the highest heptathlon score in 2009.

Ennis was chosen as the "British Athlete of the Year" by the British Athletics Writers' Association (BAWA) and "Sportswoman of the Year" award by the Sports Journalists' Association.[49] Ennis also came third in the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Formula One world champion Jenson Button and winner Ryan Giggs of Manchester United. Sheffield City Council held a reception for Ennis in the city's Peace Gardens, at which she was presented with a Mulberry designer handbag and a canteen of Sheffield cutlery.

2010: World indoor title and European gold

In January 2010, Ennis captained the GB & NI team that won the Aviva International Match at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.[50] Ennis caused a surprise in winning the 60 metres hurdles in a British record time of 7.95 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of world indoor champion Lolo Jones.[citation needed]

Afterwards Jones, who hadn't lost in over two years in her event, expressed shock at being beaten by a multi-eventer, saying; "I'm looking forward to not letting heptathletes beat me when I'm only working on one thing. That's kind of crazy."[51] At the same meeting Ennis set a new indoor personal best in the high jump of 1.94 metres.[52][53]

Jessica Ennis with Double World Championship Award
Jessica Ennis with Double World Championship Award

At the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, Ennis became the World Indoor Champion for the pentathlon with a new British, Commonwealth and Championship Record score of 4,937 points, finishing ahead of all three Beijing heptathlon medal winners, Nataliya Dobrynska, Hyleas Fountain and Tatyana Chernova. As a consequence Ennis became the first British woman to win world titles both indoors and outdoors.[54][55]

At the end of May, Ennis returned to the 2010 Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria, where she injured her ankle in 2008, winning the heptathlon with 6,689 points.[56] At the Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meeting in New York in Ennis set a personal best of 6.51 metres in the long jump.[citation needed]

Ennis won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2010 European Championships with a personal best and European Championship Record score of 6,823 points, eight points short of Denise Lewis's British and Commonwealth Records.[57] Her European Championships points total of 6,823 proved to be the highest heptathlon score of 2010. She recorded a personal best in the javelin of 46.71 metres.[citation needed]

As in 2009, Ennis was named "British Athlete of the Year" by the BAWA and "Sportswoman of the Year" by the SJA. She was also named "Outstanding Female Athlete" at the Commonwealth Sports Awards, despite not competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi,[58] won "The Best British Athletic Performance of 2010" at the UK Aviva Athletics Awards,[59] and was awarded the Dame Marea Hartman Award, given annually to the outstanding English female athlete of the year.

Ennis was nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year after she came back from injury to become world champion in 2009 (winner Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters), for the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year,[60] and for "European Athlete of the Year",[61] (both won by Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic).[62] Ennis came third for the second year in succession in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind the winner, jump jockey Tony McCoy, and darts player Phil Taylor.[63] She was also awarded a LittD Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sheffield for her contribution to sport.[64]

2011: Second world title

In her first competition of 2011 at the Northern Athletics Senior Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in mid January Ennis set an indoor personal best of 14.11 metres in the shot put[65][66] a record she improved by 50 centimetres a week later at an indoor meeting in Loughborough.[67]

Later that month at the annual International in Glasgow, Ennis won the 60 metres hurdles in a time of 7.97 seconds, again beating Lolo Jones.[68]

At the Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield Ennis pulled out of the high jump, and the rest of the meeting, after clearing 1.88 metres, citing "tightness" in her ankle.[69][70] As a consequence she withdrew from the 2011 European Indoor Championships.[71] The injury was diagnosed as inflammation of the plantaris muscle.

In May Ennis won the heptathlon at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria, for the second consecutive year, recording 6,790 points, 101 more than in 2010 and 33 points below her personal best, beating Russia's Tatyana Chernova by 251 points. Ennis recorded personal best times in the 200 metres (23.11 seconds) and the 800 metres (2 minutes 8.46 seconds).[72] It was a result that meant Ennis had extended her unbeaten record in multi-events competition to two years.[73]

At the UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham Ennis competed in five events, equalling her outdoor personal best in the shot put (14.25 metres) and winning the high jump.[74] Later at Loughborough Ennis recorded a personal best of 12.79 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles to place her second on the British all-time list.[75]

Ennis during the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu
Ennis during the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu

At the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Ennis originally finished second to Tatyana Chernova, who was disqualified for failing retrospective doping testing,[76] with a score of 6,751 points, 129 points behind the Chernova and 72 points below her own personal best of 6,823 points. Ennis beat Chernova in five of the seven events, Chernova scored 251 more points in the javelin (52.95 metres, compared with Ennis's best throw of 39.95 metres). Ennis registered personal bests of 14.67 metres in the shot put and 2 minutes 7.81 seconds in the 800 metres, whilst also equalling her best of 6.51 metres in the long jump.[77] In 2016, this was upgraded to a Gold Medal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Chernova was stripped of her title.[78]

Ennis was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to athletics.[79][80]

Walk of Fame
Walk of Fame

In June 2011 Ennis was inducted into the Sheffield Legends 'Walk of Fame', alongside other well-known people born in or connected with Sheffield, who are honoured by plaques set in the pavement outside the Town Hall.[81] The following month a lifesize model of Ennis was shown at Madame Tussaud's in London.[82] In October Ennis was voted "British Athlete of the Year" for the third consecutive year by the British Athletic Writers' Association.[83]

2012: Olympic champion

Competing at the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships 2012 at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Cudworth, South Yorkshire
Competing at the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships 2012 at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Cudworth, South Yorkshire

At the UK Trials and Championships at the English Institute of Sport in early February, Ennis won the high jump, clearing 1.91 metres, and finished sixth in the shot put, with a best throw of 14.09 metres. The following day Ennis won the 60 metres hurdles in an equal personal best time of 7.95 seconds.[84]

Ennis recorded two indoor personal bests at the Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February; 7.87 seconds in the 60 metres hurdles and 6.47 metres in the long jump[85] and finished second at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March, behind Nataliya Dobrynska. In finishing second Ennis recorded a personal best and national record of 4,965 points, also recording indoor personal bests in the shot put (14.79 metres) and 800 metres (2:08.09).[86]

In May, Ennis ran 12.75 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles at the Powerade Great City Games in Manchester, beating 2008 Olympic gold medallist Dawn Harper and 2011 World Championship silver medallist Danielle Carruthers. The event was notable for there being only nine hurdles instead of the regulation ten due to an administrative error.[87] Ennis broke Denise Lewis's British heptathlon record at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria, recording a total of 6,906 points, thus becoming the eighth woman to score over 6,900 points. Ennis's performance included personal bests in the 200 metres (22.88 seconds) and javelin (47.11 metres), whilst she equalled her personal best in the long jump (6.51 metres). Ennis beat Tatyana Chernova by 132 points.[88]

Ennis participated in three events at the UK Trials at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, winning the high jump with a season's best of 1.89 metres, the 100 metres hurdles in 12.92 seconds, beating Tiffany Porter into second place, and finishing sixth in the long jump with 6.27 metres.[89]

In August, Ennis won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London Olympics with a British and Commonwealth record score of 6,955 points, beating silver medallist Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points and bronze medallist Tatyana Chernova by a further 21 points. At the end of the first day Ennis had scored 4,158 points, her highest ever first-day total, and was 184 points ahead of her nearest competitor Austra Skujyte. Ennis' first-day score included two personal bests: 12.54 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles and 22.83 seconds in the 200 metres. Her time in the 100 metres hurdles was a new British record and also the fastest time ever run in a heptathlon. It also equalled Dawn Harper's winning time for the women's 100 metres hurdles final in the 2008 Olympics. Ennis achieved another personal best of 47.49 metres in the javelin and won the final event, the 800 metres, in a time of 2:08.65.[90] The following day Ennis announced she would not compete in the 100 metres hurdles individual event. Her time in the heptathlon 100 metres hurdles would have gained her fourth place in the individual final, and her time in the 200 metres would have placed her seventh in the individual event.[citation needed]

Gold Post Box
Gold Post Box

Ennis, along with other British 2012 Olympic gold medal winners, was featured on a special Royal Mail commemorative postage stamp and had a post box on the corner of Division Street and Holly Street in Sheffield city centre painted gold in her honour.[91][92] The post box was vandalised within hours but repaired immediately by Royal Mail.[93]

The Jessica Ennis Stand at Bramall Lane
The Jessica Ennis Stand at Bramall Lane

Ennis was honoured in various ways. Sheffield artist/cartoonist Pete McKee paid tribute to her in a painting showing her driving an open-top sports car. Prints were to be sold for the benefit of the Sheffield Children's Hospital charity, of which Ennis is a patron.[94] She was featured on the cover of a special Olympic edition of The Beano as Ennis the Menace.[95] Sheffield United announced that the Bramall Lane stand at their Bramall Lane stadium would be renamed The Jessica Ennis Stand.[96] Henderson's Relish produced a special limited edition bottle of the condiment with a gold label instead of the usual orange. The label also made use of the company's slogan in relation to Ennis: "Congratulations Jessica – Strong and Northern".[97]

In early September Sheffield City Council voted unanimously to award her the Freedom of the City of Sheffield.[98] Ennis was honoured on a 'Wall of Fame' in Sheffield Winter Garden bearing the names of sportspeople from the city who competed in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.[99]

Henderson's Relish brought out to commemorate Jessica Ennis's Olympic Games gold medal
Henderson's Relish brought out to commemorate Jessica Ennis's Olympic Games gold medal

In mid August Ennis was welcomed back to Sheffield by an estimated twenty thousand people in Barker's Pool in the city centre. Afterwards a civic reception was held at the City Hall.[100]

After winning "European Athlete of the Month" for May,[101] Ennis was selected as EAA "European Female Athlete of the Year" in October, ahead of Anna Chicherova and Barbora Spotakova.[102] Sebastian Coe collected the award on Ennis's behalf as she was unable to attend the ceremony in Malta due to training commitments.[103] In October she was also voted "British Olympic Athlete of the Year" in a public poll run by UK Athletics. Ennis obtained 48 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating Mo Farah.[104] In the same month Ennis won "British Athlete of the Year" from the British Athletics Writers' Association for a fourth successive year,[105] "Ultimate Olympian" at Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards 2012,[106] and also received nominations for IAAF "Female Athlete of the Year"[107] and Sports Journalists' Association "Sportswoman of the Year".[108] She then made the final shortlist of three for IAAF "Female Athlete of the Year", alongside Allyson Felix and Valerie Adams. The award went to Felix.[109]

In November Ennis was named the Sunday Times "Sportswoman of the Year",[110] and along with Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds won "British Ambassadors of the Year" at Harper's Bazaar's Women of the Year Awards 2012.[111] The same month, Ennis was one of six women nominated for Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year[112] and was nominated for William Hill "Sportswoman of the Year.[113] Also in November Ennis's long-time coach Toni Minichiello was named "Coach of the Year" by Sports Coach UK, a body that supports sports training across the country.[114] In December Ennis was chosen as the Jaguar Academy of Sports "Most Inspirational Sportswoman of the Year"[citation needed] and was voted "Sportswoman of the Year" by the Sports Journalists' Association.[115]

Ennis was voted into the top three of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time, as runner-up to Bradley Wiggins and ahead of Andy Murray.[116] Ennis was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.[117][118] Ennis was named as the World Sportswoman of the year at the Laureus World Sport Awards.[119]

Ennis's autobiography Unbelievable – From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold, was published on 8 November by Hodder and Stoughton and the same day she was guest of honour at the Christmas lights switch-on at a charity event at Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which raised over £8,000 for her nominated charity, the Sheffield Children's Hospital Make It Better appeal.[120] In the book Ennis revealed that in 2010 UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee put pressure on her and Toni Minichiello to move their training base to London, but both "believed in what we were doing in Sheffield and ... stayed strong".[121]

In early November Toni Minichiello announced that Ennis would compete in the heptathlon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a competition Ennis has not previously won, having taken the bronze medal in 2006 and not entering in 2010.[122] The same month Ennis reiterated her desire to switch to the 100 metres hurdles in the long term, but added that it would not be before the World Championships in Moscow in 2013, where she would attempt to regain the heptathlon world title.[123]

2013–14: Injury struggles and pregnancy layoff

The year began with uncertainty over the future of Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello and her primary training facility, the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. Minichiello's contract as the UK Athletics national coach for combined events expired at the end of 2012 and was not renewed as he was not prepared to move to Loughborough as part of the organisation's high-performance programme, whilst Sheffield City Council considered closing the Don Valley Stadium due to budget cuts.[124][125] On 1 March Sheffield Council voted to close the stadium,[126] a decision that Minichiello called 'a hefty, hefty blow' to Ennis's chances of retaining her Olympic title.[127]

Ennis decided not to compete in the 2013 indoor season to concentrate on the outdoor World Championships in Moscow.[128] At a ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall at the end of March, Ennis received a scroll from John Campbell, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, recognising her award of the Freedom of the City.[129]

Ennis made her season debut at an invitation meeting at Leeds Metropolitan University on 20 April. She won the javelin competition with a best throw of 44.56 metres.[130] An ankle injury prevented her from competing in June, and she pulled out of meetings in Edinburgh, Oslo and Tallinn. She also missed the British Championships in mid July.

Ennis-Hill returned to action in a meeting at Loughborough where she recorded a javelin personal best of 48.33 metres. She also competed in the long jump, reverting to the right-foot take off she used before her 2008 injury. Afterwards she still complained of pain in her ankle.[131] At the London Anniversary Games she finished fourth in the 100 metres hurdles in 13.08 seconds and eighth in the long jump, recording 6.16 metres[132] but four days later decided not to compete at the Moscow World Championships as she had not fully recovered from injury.[133]

Ennis-Hill's pregnancy caused her to miss the 2014 season, but she was still voted 'the most inspirational figure by under-25-year olds in the UK' in a poll conducted by the organisation UK Youth for its Starbucks Youth Action programme.[134] She returned to full-time training in October.[135]

2015: Comeback and third world title

Ennis-Hill made her comeback in the Great City Games in Manchester in May, finishing third in the 100 metres hurdles. [136] She then finished fourth in her first heptathlon since the London Olympics at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria, comfortably achieving the qualifying standard for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The competition was won by Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who set a national record.[137] After competing in three events at the Anniversary Games at the London Olympic Stadium, Ennis-Hill declared herself fit for the Beijing World Athletics Championships, where she won the heptathlon with a total of 6,669 points, ahead of Theisen-Eaton and Latvia's Laura Ikauniece-Admidina.[138]

In July it was announced that a re-test of a blood sample given in 2009 by Tatyana Chernova showed the presence of a prohibited anabolic steroid. The Russian anti-doping agency annulled two years' worth of Chernova's results, but the period of annulment ended 16 days before the 2011 Daegu World Championships, where she won the gold medal. Silver medallist Ennis-Hill appealed to the IAAF that Chernova's results annulment should extend to that competition. In turn the IAAF similarly appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[139]

In September Ennis-Hill was nominated for the European Athlete of the Year award,[140][141] which was won by Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers.[142] In November Ennis-Hill won the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year award for a second time,[143][144] was voted BAWA Athlete of the Year for a record equalling fifth time (tied with Paula Radcliffe),[145][146] and was nominated for IAAF Athlete of the Year.[147][148][149] In December Ennis-Hill was selected as SJA Sportswoman of the Year for a joint-record fourth time (again tied with Radcliffe),[150][151] and was voted the best British and International Female Athlete in 2015 by the Athletics Weekly readers.[152][153] She also finished third in the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Rugby League player Kevin Sinfield and winner Andy Murray. It was the fourth time she had been voted in the top three of the award.[154]

2016: Olympic silver and retirement

An achilles tendon injury kept Ennis-Hill out of the 2016 indoor season. She returned to action at the end of May but did not compete in the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria. Announcing she would miss the pre-Olympics Team GB holding camp in Belo Horizonte because of fears about the Zika virus but would compete at the Rio Olympics,[155] Ennis-Hill won her first heptathlon of the season at the Combined Events Challenge in Ratingen, Germany, with 6,733 points, the second-best score of the year. She also recorded a personal best of 6.63 metres in the long jump.[156]

In August, Ennis-Hill was defending her Olympic title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was beaten into the silver medal position by Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium, who recorded five personal bests in the seven events.[157]

Ennis-Hill was voted as Great Britain's favourite sporting hero in a poll conducted by Sport Relief in January.[158][159] She was included on the list for the entertainment section of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 list for Europe in January.[160][161] In February, Ennis-Hill was voted Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.[162][163] She was nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year for a second time in March.[164][165] On 13 October 2016, Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from athletics.[166]


On 29 November 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Tatyana Chernova was to be stripped of her gold medal from the 2011 World Championships for a doping violation as a result of anomalies in her biological passport. As a result, Ennis-Hill was promoted to the gold medal to retrospectively win her third World title, equalling the record for World Championship titles won by Carolina Klüft, and the five global multievent titles achieved by both Klüft and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.[167]

Ennis-Hill was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics.[168]

Ahead of the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, Ennis-Hill filmed a special programme for the BBC, entitled 'Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Next Generation', in which she met some of the rising stars of British athletics.[169] She was also a guest analyst on the BBC's coverage for the first three days of the event. Later that year, Ennis-Hill became the second woman (and the first British woman) to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

Personal life

Ennis-Hill lives in Sheffield.[170][171][172] She married Andy Hill in Derbyshire in May 2013[173] and said she would be known as Jessica Ennis-Hill.

On 10 January 2014, she announced she would be unable to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games because she was pregnant with her first child.[174] She gave birth to her son Reggie in July 2014.[175] On 16 March 2017, Ennis-Hill announced she was pregnant for a second time. She gave birth to her daughter Olivia on 23 September 2017.[176]

She is a fan of Sheffield United,[177][178] which named one stand of the Bramall Lane stadium in her honour in 2012.[179] In November 2014, she stated that she would want her name removed from the stand named after her by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, if the club was to re-sign the convicted rapist and former player, Ched Evans.[180] As a result, Ennis-Hill received rape threats via Twitter. South Yorkshire Police said on 14 November that they were investigating the tweets.[181] In October 2016 the charges against Evans were dropped, he was found not guilty of the offence and he restarted his playing career.[182] The club renamed it after a sponsor in 2015.[183]

Ennis-Hill is an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport and a patron of both the Sheffield Children's Hospital charity and Barrie Wells' sports foundation. She is a columnist for The Times newspaper and advertises Aviva, Powerade, BP, Adidas, Omega watches, Olay Essentials, and Santander UK.[184]

Competition record

National Championships

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 UK Championships
+ Norwich Union European Indoor Championships Trials
3rd 60 m hurdles
1st High Jump
3rd Long jump
2007 UK Championships
+ Norwich Union World Championships Trials
1st 100 m hurdles
1st High Jump
2008 UK Championships
+ Norwich Union World Indoor Championships Trials
3rd 60 m hurdles
1st High Jump
2009 UK Championships
+ Aviva World Championships Trials
1st 100 m hurdles
1st High Jump
2011 UK Championships
+ Aviva World Championships Trials
2nd 100 m hurdles
1st High jump
3rd Long jump
7th Shot put
10th Javelin
2012 UK Championships
+ Aviva European Indoor Trials
1st 60 m hurdles
1st High jump
6th Shot Put
2012 UK Championships
+ Aviva Summer Olympic Trials
Birmingham, England 1st 100 m hurdles
1st High jump
6th Long jump
2015 UK Championships
+ Sainsbury's World Championships Trials
3rd 100 m hurdles
12th Javelin

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2003 World Youth Championships Quebec, Canada 5th Heptathlon 5311 pts
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 8th Heptathlon 5542 pts
Commonwealth Youth Games Bendigo, Australia 2nd 100 m hurdles 14.50
2nd High Jump 1.75 m
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st Heptathlon 5891 pts
Summer Universiade İzmir, Turkey 3rd Heptathlon 5910 pts
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th Heptathlon 6287 pts
European Cup[185][186] Arles, France 4th Heptathlon 6170 pts
4th Team 17,454 pts
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 3rd Heptathlon 6269 pts
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 6th Pentathlon 4716 pts
European Cup[187] Szczecin, Poland 1st Heptathlon 6399 pts
1st Team 18,329 pts
European U-23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 100 m hurdles 13.09 (wind: -0.3 m/s)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th Heptathlon 6469 pts
Combined Events Challenge[188] 2nd Heptathlon 19256 pts
2008 Hypo-Meeting[189] Götzis, Austria DNF Heptathlon
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st Heptathlon 6731 pts
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st Pentathlon 4937 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Heptathlon 6689 pts
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st Heptathlon 6823 pts
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st Heptathlon 6751 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Heptathlon 6790 pts
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd Pentathlon 4965 pts
Hypo-Meeting[190] Götzis, Austria 1st Heptathlon 6906 pts
Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 1st Heptathlon 6955 pts
2015 Hypo-Meeting[191] Götzis, Austria 4th Heptathlon 6520 pts
World Championships Beijing, China 1st Heptathlon 6669 pts
2016 Combined Events Challenge Ratingen, Germany 1st Heptathlon 6733 pts
Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Heptathlon 6775 pts

Detailed results

Competition 100 m hurdles High jump Shot put 200 metres Long jump Javelin 800 metres Heptathlon Total
2003 World Youth Championships 13.86 sec 1.75 m 10.13 m 23.73 sec 5.47 m 25.52 m 2:18.21 5311 pts
2004 World Junior Championships 13.57 sec 1.80 m 10.52 m 24.23 sec 5.59 m 28.04 m 2:19.16 5542 pts
2005 European Junior Championships 13.46 sec 1.79 m 11.40 m 24.29 sec 6.19 m 32.55 m 2:17.23 5891 pts
2005 Summer Universiade 13.56 sec 1.87 m 12.26 m 24.43 sec 6.22 m 28.94 m 2:21.08 5910 pts
2006 Commonwealth Games 13.32 sec 1.91 m 11.87 m 23.80 sec 6.15 m 36.39 m 2:12.66 6269 pts
2006 European Championships 13.33 sec 1.86 m 12.72 m 23.56 sec 6.19 m 36.65 m 2:13.45 6287 pts
2007 World Championships 12.97 sec 1.89 m 11.93 m 23.15 sec 6.33 m 38.07 m 2:11.39 6469 pts
2009 World Championships 12.93 sec 1.92 m 14.14 m 23.25 sec 6.29 m 43.54 m 2:12.22 6731 pts
2010 European Championships 12.95 sec 1.89 m 14.05 m 23.21 sec 6.43 m 46.71 m 2:10.18 6823 pts
2011 World Championships 12.94 sec 1.86 m 14.67 m 23.27 sec 6.51 m 39.95 m 2:07.81 6751 pts
2012 Olympic Games 12.54 sec 1.86 m 14.28 m 22.83 sec 6.48 m 47.49 m 2:08.65 6955 pts
2015 World Championships 12.91 sec 1.86 m 13.73 m 23.42 sec 6.43 m 42.51 m 2:10.13 6669 pts
2016 Olympic Games 12.84 sec 1.89 m 13.86 m 23.49 sec 6.34 m 46.06 m 2:09.07 6775 pts
Competition 60 m hurdles High jump Shot put Long jump 800 metres Pentathlon Total
2007 European Indoor Championships 8.22 sec 1.91 m 13.28 m 6.19 m 2:17.03 4716 pts
2010 World Indoor Championships 8.04 sec 1.90 m 14.01 m 6.44 m 2:12.55 4937 pts
2010 World Indoor Championships 7.91 sec 1.87 m 14.79 m 6.19 m 2:08.09 4965 pts

Personal bests

By clearing 1.95 metres in the high jump, Ennis achieved a foot (30 cm) above her own height of 1.65 metres which only ten women have ever managed.[192] It also set a joint British outdoor record at the time shared with Diana Davies, Susan Moncrieff and Debbie Marti until it was broken in August 2014 by Isobel Pooley at 1.96m (now held by Katarina Johnson-Thompson at 1.98m)

Her personal best of 12.54 seconds[1] in the 100 metres hurdles is the world best time in the heptathlon and matches the winning time for the women's 100 metres hurdles as an individual event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the time it set a new British Record in the individual event.[193]

Ennis is the British record holder for the heptathlon with 6,955 points, breaking Olympic gold-medallist Denise Lewis's previous record of 6,831 points. If Ennis managed to equal all of her personal bests in one heptathlon competition, she would achieve a total of 7,175 points. Lewis's equivalent personal best total would be 6,970 points.[citation needed]

Outdoor Personal Bests
Event Record Points Venue Date Notes
100 metres hurdles 12.54 secs 1,195 London, England 3 August 2012 2012 Summer Olympics. world heptathlon record. British record until broken by Tiffany Porter in September 2014
High jump 1.95 m[1] 1,171 Desenzano del Garda, Italy 5 May 2007 Joint British Record at the time (see above).
Shot put 14.67 m[1] 839 Daegu, South Korea 29 August 2011
200 metres 22.83 secs 1,096 London, England 3 August 2012
Long jump 6.63 m[156] 1,049 Ratingen, Germany 26 June 2016
Javelin 48.33 m 828 Loughborough, England 23 July 2013
800 metres 2:07.81[194] 997 Daegu, South Korea 30 August 2011
Heptathlon 6,955 pts 7,175 (potential) London, England 4 August 2012 2012 Summer Olympics. British record, Commonwealth Record
Indoor Personal Bests
Event Record Venue Date Notes
60 metres 7.36 secs[1] Sheffield, England 16 January 2010
60 metres hurdles 7.87 secs[1] Birmingham, England 18 February 2012
High jump 1.94 m[1] Glasgow, Scotland 30 January 2010 Joint 2nd highest ever by a British High jumper indoors at the time.[195]
Shot put 14.79 m[1] Istanbul, Turkey 9 March 2012
Long Jump 6.47 m[1] Birmingham, England 18 February 2012
800 metres 2:08.09[1] Istanbul, Turkey 9 March 2012
Pentathlon 4,965 pts[1] Istanbul, Turkey 9 March 2012 British Record and Commonwealth Record until broken by Katarina Johnson-Thompson in March 2015
Progression of best heptathlon score
Date Competition Venue Points
15 July 2001 AAA Junior Championships Bedford, England 4,711
5 August 2001 v France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland Bedford, England 4,801
23 June 2002 AAA Junior Championships Wrexham, Wales 4,837
4 August 2002 v Switzerland, France, Germany Pratteln, Switzerland 5,194
13 July 2003 World Youth Championships Quebec, Canada 5,311
9 May 2004 Multistars Meeting Desenzano, Italy 5,364
17 July 2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 5,542
5 May 2005 Multistars Meeting Salò, Italy 5,827
24 July 2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 5,891
16 August 2005 Summer Universiade İzmir, Turkey 5,910
22 March 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 6,269
8 August 2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6,287
6 May 2007 Multistars Meeting Desenzano, Italy 6,388
8 July 2007 European Cup Combined Events Szczecin, Poland 6,399
26 August 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 6,469
10 May 2009 Multistars Meeting Desenzano, Italy 6,587
16 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6,731
31 July 2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6,823
27 May 2012 Hypo Meeting Götzis, Austria 6,906
4 August 2012 Olympic Games London, England 6,955

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Further reading

  • Jessica Ennis (2012) Unbelievable - From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 1444768603 autobiography

External links

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