Jessica Ennis-Hill retires from athletics

Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won heptathlon gold for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, has retired from athletics.

The 30-year-old had hinted at retirement after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August.

She took bronze 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at the age of 20.

She then missed out on the medals at the 2007 World Championships and had a year out with injury – missing the Beijing Olympics – before beginning a period of domination with gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

Then gold at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain and she won silver at the 2011 Worlds in Daegu, South Korea before claiming gold atOlympics in London in 2012.

Ennis-Hill statement:

“Amazing memories… From my first world title in Berlin 2009 to Rio 2016 I’m so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make.

“But I know that retiring now is right. I’ve always said I want to leave my sport on a high and have no regrets and I can truly say that.

“I want to thank my family and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and enabling me to achieve my dreams.

“Also a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years.”