Olympics: Jessica Ennis-Hill wants to defend heptathlon title

Jessica Ennis-Hill celebrates winning at London 2012
Jessica Ennis-Hill missed the 2008 Olympics in Beijing through injury but hopes to compete in Brazil in 2016.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is targeting a defence of her Olympic heptathlon title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as she returns to the sport following the birth of her first child in July.

Ennis-Hill, 28, who won gold at London 2012, resumed training last month and plans to start competing next summer.

She told BBC Sport: "The focus has shifted but I am still very determined and focused on my athletics.

"It's about training, putting the work in and seeing if I can get to Rio."

Sheffield-based Ennis-Hill described herself as a mum "first and foremost" to son Reggie.

But the former World and European heptathlon champion believes she can juggle commitments to continue to compete at the highest level.

Ennis-Hill added: "I am still the same person. I am still very driven and focused and determined and I want to come back and see if I can do both.

"Rio is the main focus and it's about building back into training. It's kind of the unknown. I'm not sure where I am going to be in relation to where I was last year or the year before.

"I know it will be an incredibly hard challenge and I am going to have to put a lot of time and work into it.

"But I believe with the people around me and a fantastic coach in Toni (Minichiello) we can definitely get there."

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill won heptathlon Olympic Gold at London 2012 with a British record points' total of 6,955

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