30 OCT 2013 General News Sheffield, Great Britain

Ennis-Hill looking to regain World indoor title

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain smiles after competing in the Women's Heptathlon 200m on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 (Getty Images)Jessica Ennis of Great Britain smiles after competing in the Women's Heptathlon 200m on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright

Great Britain’s 2011 IAAF World Championships and London Olympic 2012 Games Heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill has set her sights on regaining her Pentathlon title at the World Indoor Championships next year, she told local media in her native Sheffield on Thursday (30).

The 2014 World Indoor Championships will be held in the Polish city of Sopot between 7-9 March.

Ennis-Hill won the 2010 World Indoor Championships Pentathlon in Doha but had to settle for the silver medal last year in Istanbul after a thrilling duel with Natallia Dobrynska, despite setting a British record and recording the third best tally ever with 4965 points, as the Ukrainian had an inspired day and set a World indoor record of 5013 points.

Now 27, Ennis-Hill said she was ahead of schedule as she recovers from an Achilles tendon injury that ruled her out of this year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

She said she was “quite a bit down the road” with her rehabilitation, which started in early September.

“I really want to do the indoor season. I am still playing it week by week to see if I can get back into full training but that is still the hope. I want to do the Pentathlon at the World Indoors next March,” she added.

Sadly, there will be no re-match with Dobrynska as her rival announced her official retirement last Sunday.

Ennis-Hill has struggled with Achilles and heel problems since the start of the 2013 season.

She ended her triumphant 2012 summer campaign after winning the Olympic gold medal in front of her ecstatic home fans and only competed at two meetings this year, both in July, as a way of assessing her fitness to potentially challenge for a medal in Moscow.

The one bright spot of the summer was that in one of her outings, at a low-key meeting in Loughborough, she improved her Javelin best to 48.33m.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF