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Ennis-Hill still undecided over Moscow Worlds

The Briton will compete in the 100m hurdles and long jump at the London Anniversary Games

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will make a decision early next week on whether she is fit enough to seek a second world title in Moscow next month after making her long-awaited comeback from injury this week.

The Briton will compete in the 100m hurdles and long jump at the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic stadium on Saturday,almost a year after securing a first Games gold in the capital.

Dogged by a persistent Achilles problem that delayed her comeback this season until Tuesday,Ennis-Hill set a personal best in javelin of 48.33m at a European Athletics Permit event at Loughborough.

The 27-year-old said competing in the hurdles on Saturday would give her a better indication of whether she will head to Moscow to try to regain a heptathlon world title she relinquished to Russian Tatyana Chernova in Daegu two years ago. “It’s going to be a good test,first to do the hurdles,then go to the long jump … obviously trying to simulate what I’m going to have to do in Moscow,” Ennis-Hill told a news conference on Friday.


“I’ve not been able to prepare the best I could. Tuesday was the first test and I had a good response … I didn’t react too badly. This is the next big test. The hurdles is more explosive and coming down on my lead leg with the damaged Achilles is going to test it … It will be good to see how it responds the day after and day after that.”

The heptathlon starts on day three of the World Championships on August 12 and Ennis-Hill said she needed to make an early decision on her participation.

“I’m heading in the right direction but the timing is the problem. There is not a lot of time between now and Moscow and it’s just making sure I handle not just the one event,” she said.

“I think Monday or Tuesday (next week) I will have to make a decision – I don’t want to leave it to the last minute. I want to at least get my mind in the right zone to prepare for a world championship.”

Ennis-Hill ran a personal best time of 12.54 seconds in the hurdles 12 months ago as she got her Olympic gold medal campaign off to a perfect start in front of 80,000 cheering fans. Saturday will be the first time Ennis-Hill has competed in a track event since her Olympic triumph and she admitted the circumstances of her return could not be more different.