Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Ennis-Hill at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameJessica Ennis
Born (1986-01-28) 28 January 1986 (age 38)
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[1]
Andy Hill (m. 2013)
; 2 children
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 British track and field athlete. She specializes in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 meter hurdles. She is a member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club. Ennis-Hill is the current Olympic heptathlon champion.[3] She is the former European and world heptathlon champion.[4] Ennis-Hill is also the former world indoor Women's pentathlon champion.

She is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon and the indoor pentathlon. She is a former British record holder in the 100 metres hurdles and the high jump.

Ennis won a gold medal in the indoor World Championships in Doha. This was for pentathlon. In Jessica's first competition in 2011 she set an indoor personal best of 14.11 metres in the shot put. She improved this record by 50 centimetres a week later at an indoor meeting in Loughborough. On 29 January 2012, Ennis captained the British team at an international meeting in Glasgow. She competed in the sixty-metres hurdles and won in a time of 7.97 seconds.

At the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Ennis originally finished second to Tatyana Chernova with a score of 6,751 points. This was 129 points behind Chernova and 72 points below her own personal best of 6,823 points. Although Ennis beat Chernova in five of the seven events, her defeat was largely due to Chernova scoring 251 more points in the javelin throw. Chernova was later disqualified for failing a later doping testing,[5] On 29 November 2016 Ennis-Hill was upgraded to a Gold Medal.

She won gold in the Heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics.

On 13 October 2016, Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from athletics.

Personal life[change | change source]

Ennis-Hill was born in Sheffield to a Jamaican father and English mother. Ennis was made a Member of the British Empire in 2011.[6] She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2013.[7] On November 8, 2012, she published a book about her life called Unbelievable - From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Biographies: Ennis, Jessica GBR". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. "Jessica Ennis-Hill". Woman's Hour. 8 November 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. Fordyce, Tom (1 January 1970). "Jessica Ennis wins Olympic heptathlon gold for Great Britain". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. "Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  5. "Tatyana Chernova: Russian heptathlete banned for doping". BBC News. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  6. "MBE award, 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours" (PDF). BBC News. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  7. "The Golden Girls". 28 February 2013.