Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Paid to a Retiring Ennis-Hill; ATHLETICS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Paid to a Retiring Ennis-Hill; ATHLETICS

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JESSICA Ennis-Hill's place in the pantheon of all-time great British Olympians is assured after the London 2012 gold medallist and two-time world champion announced her retirement.

Tributes poured in from across the sporting world for Ennis-Hill, who admitted the decision to call time on her glittering heptathlon career was "one of the toughest decisions" she has had to make.

A poster girl for the London Games, Ennis-Hill (pictured below) powered to gold on what became known as Super Saturday and later battled back from time out through injury and the birth of her first child to reach the top of the world once more.

The 30-year-old wrote on Instagram: "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.

"I know 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. …

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