Jessica Ennis to start 2013 season in Edinburgh

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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JESSICA Ennis is heading for Scotland with plans to open her outdoor season at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh on 8 June.

The Olympic heptathlon champion and face of the London 2012 Games, has decided against taking part in the indoor season. Now all the focus for Ennis will be the World Championships in Moscow in August and she plans to use a Women’s League match in Edinburgh as the first part of her competitive season. The 8 June date at Meadowbank has been pencilled in for the City of Sheffield athlete to compete although it is far too early to say what events she may undertake. Her first heptathlon event is expected to be in Tallinn, Estonia, at the end of June.

Ennis will not compete indoors in 2013 but will focus on this summer’s World Championships in Russia where she will aim to regain her global crown. “After the incredible high of the Olympics and the post-Games celebrations I went back into tough winter training with an open mind on whether or not I would want to compete indoors this year,” said Ennis.

“Training has been going well, but I feel that my focus really has to be attempting to win another world title in Russia this summer and not the short term indoor season.”

British Athletics Head Coach Peter Eriksson said: “Jess is a very mature and seasoned athlete who is focused on performing at her best in major championships. We support her decision in this respect, and look forward to seeing her in action later this year in the build up to the World Championships.”

Meanwhile, European indoor silver medalist Olesya Syreva has been banned for two years for doping. The ban wipes all results from 3 March, 2011, meaning the 29-year-old will lose the medal she won for finishing second in the 3,000m at the European indoor championships in Paris.