World and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is returning to the scene of her London 2012 Olympic triumph to compete in two events at the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium.
Marking four years since the London showpiece, the games will absorb the IAAF Diamond League meeting and allow an in-form Ennis-Hill prepare to defend her medal in Rio.
In London, the 30-year-old will contest the 100m hurdles on Friday, July 22, and the long jump on Saturday, July 23.
In the hurdles she will take on world leader Kendra Harrison, who earlier this year moved to second on the world all-time list with her North American 100m hurdles record of 12.24. Also in the competition is Britain’s European champion Tiffany Porter.
Ennis-Hill set her 100m hurdles personal best of 12.54 in the Stadium in 2012 in front of a rapturous home crowd.
Last week Ennis-Hill won the heptathlon at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Ratingen with a score of 6,733, her best tally since the 2012 Olympics and higher than her scores from both of her IAAF World Championships victories.
She said: “I have been very selective about my competitions, but due to the very strong field in the 100m hurdles in London, my coach and I felt it was good to have a fast race before heading to the training camp for Rio.
“I love running the hurdles and know there is a quicker time in me this year. The competition at the Müller Anniversary Games will be tough, so I am banking on a good crowd to lift me to run a good time.”
Following her personal best of 6.63m in Ratingen, Ennis-Hill will contest the long jump where she will face some of the world’s best long jump talents.
Usain Bolt has already confirmed that he will compete on the Friday night at the Olympic Stadium as part of what will be the final IAAF Diamond League meeting before the Rio Olympic Games.
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