Jessica Ennis-Hill Retiring

Well-beloved British Olympic runner Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she is retiring from her profession. She won the heptathlon gold medal in 2012, and the silver in Rio this year.

On Instagram, she posted a collage of some of her finest moments, along with a lengthy paragraph, detailing why she would be leaving the track.

“Amazing memories… From my first world title in Berlin 2009 to Rio 2016 I’m so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. But I know that retiring now is right.

I’ve always said I want to leave my sport on a high and have no regrets and I can truly say that.

I want to thank my family and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and enabling me to achieve my dreams. Also a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years x”

She claimed the time was right for her to leave while she was on a high. She took times out of her sport to have her son, Reggie, in 2014, and did actually hint at retiring promptly after she won the silver medal in Brazil. “It’s going to be a tough decision; I’m going to go away and think about it,” she said to the BBC at the time.

The gold medallist’s first big win was in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, when she was just 20 years old. At the London 2012 Olympics, she won the 100 metre hurdles, and won a number of silvers also, in the long jump and the javelin, where she was literally inches away from a gold.

There have been a number of responses from Twitter:

All the best to her; she’s had a brilliant athletic career. It’ll be sad to see her go.