'Phenomenal' Jessica Ennis-Hill announces retirement from athletics


Jessica Ennis-Hill has been heralded as a "phenomenal" talent by British Athletics performance director Neil Black as she announced her retirement from the sport.

Ennis-Hill called time on her illustrious career on Thursday morning, saying she was leaving "on a high" at the "right time".

A gold and silver medal-winning Olympian and a two-time world champion, Ennis-Hill leaves a huge but expected hole in British Athletics' armoury.

"I know it will have been incredibly difficult for Jess, but I am pleased for her that she has been able to make the decision and can now look forward to a much deserved retirement," Black said.

"The entire performance team of coaches, athletes and support staff will miss her at events. Not only has she competed at the highest level, but she has been a warm and positive presence within the GB team and a great example to the younger team members."

Her record as an athlete is phenomenal and that's without considering the challenges of returning from pregnancy to win world gold and Olympic silver.

"I'd like to thank her not only for her contribution to the GB team over the years, but additionally for being a great person to work with, know and support."