Great City Games: Jessica Ennis-Hill features in big rivalries

Great City Games: Jessica Ennis-Hill features in big rivalries

The lowdown: Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill competes for the first time in nearly two years on Saturday after injuries, pregnancy and the arrival her son, Reggie, caused her to step away from the sport.

The 29-year-old, the poster girl of the London Olympics, has chosen her favourite event for her comeback, but those expecting a winning return should perhaps think again.

Ennis-Hill has been suffering with an Achilles injury of late and will come up against European 100m hurdles champion Tiffany Porter.

British record holder Porter has run 34 of the 35 fastest 100m hurdles times by a Briton and there will also be world champion Brianna Rollins to contend with.

What's been said: "I'll be nervous, it's been a long time away," says Ennis-Hill. "Hopefully I can use that in a positive way. Mentally I've changed, physically I've changed. Having to build your body back up to where you once were is incredibly hard but it's a huge challenge."

The lowdown: Katarina Johnston-Thompson is now a global force in the heptathlon, breaking Ennis-Hill's British indoor pentathlon record whenbecoming European indoor champion earlier this year and setting a national high jump record of 1.97m.

Like Ennis-Hill, the Liverpudlian will face athletes of pedigree on Deansgate.

Eilidh Child won Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver in Glasgow last summer and the Scot will be eager to not only get the better of Johnson-Thompson but also her team-mate Meghan Beesley, who beat Child over the half-distance in Manchester last year.

2015-05-06

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