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Sunday 20 April 2014

"My plans for 2014 have been completely turned upside down," Olympic champ Jessica Ennis announces pregnancy

Jessica Ennis will miss this summer's Commonwealth Games.

Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she is pregnant and will miss this summer's Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old from Sheffield, who married long-time partner Andy Hill in Derbyshire last May, is expecting her first child.

Ennis said in a statement released by her management: "I have some very unexpected but exciting news to share - Andy and I are expecting a baby.

"We are completely overwhelmed, with excitement and a degree of anxiety that I am sure all first-time parents will relate to.

"My plans for 2014 have been completely turned upside down, but having had a couple of weeks to think about things from a career point of view I am 100 per cent set on returning to full-time athletics once our baby is born and go for a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - that challenge really excites me.

 

"But in the short term I will make our baby a priority and enjoy the whole experience as much as possible.

 

"I am sorry I won't be in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, but know it will be an amazing occasion. I will be at home awaiting the arrival of a little Ennis-Hill."

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