Athletes put their bodies under extreme strain when competing. They push themselves to the absolute limit. They always bring a huge amount of passion to succeed better than they ever before; and, when they are injured, or have come back from a long time out of the sport they set their target high and aim to do better than ever before. This was the case for Jessica Ennis-Hill – a British Olympian, who has possibly had one of the greatest feats in the history of athletics at the World Championships in Beijing.
The golden girl has just returned to heptathlon, which consist of seven events, just over a year after giving birth. Imagine putting your body through pregnancy, then dealing with being a first-time mum and training six to seven times a week. It seems impossible for most of us who lead a hectic lifestyle but for Jessica Ennis-Hill, she came back better than ever. Her performance earned her a gold medal at the championships and has gained her a place in athletics history as possibly one of the all-time greatest performances.
Here is a short clip of Jessica Ennis-Hill’s performance to show you exactly what we mean:
Only a handful of athletes have previously celebrated claiming a world title after having a baby. In particular these athletes had competed in endurance events when they stormed to success. But Jessica Ennis-Hill, who gave birth in July 2014 to her son Reggie, has done what nobody else has done before and claimed this victory in the heptathlon.
When Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her pregnancy in 2014, there was a lot of speculation as to whether she would be able to compete at the World Championships, let alone get a gold medal. Even Jessica Ennis-Hill admitted herself that she didn’t know whether she would be able to compete, as she only began training for the event in October. So, before the World Championships in Beijing Jessica Ennis-Hill had only trained for just over ten months. Her diet and training regime remained strict but she also spent time looking after her new family. The new mum juggled both having a child and an intense training schedule.
Her triumph in Beijing places her at the very forefront of the heptathlon event. At the end, she scored a whopping 6,669 points.
Following the race, the athlete thanked her fans on her personal Twitter account. She said: “Wow, what an incredible feeling. I still can’t quite believe it. [I am a] World Champion. I can’t thank my amazing family and team enough.”
The next step for Jessica is to attempt to retain her Olympic title in Rio 2016 – something only two people have ever done in history. We know you can do it, Jessica! You can do anything when you put your mind to something.
The heptathlon event is based on track and field components. There are seven events in total and a competitor is referred to as a heptathlete.
There are both a women’s and men’s heptathlon, which are made up of completely different events. The women’s event is held outdoors, while the men’s is often made of us an older age group and held indoors.
At Thanyapura, we push our athletes to optimise their potential just like Jessica has done in Beijing. It is such an amazing achievement to come back from such a long period off and be able to do what no other athlete has ever done before. To be able to cross the finish line is a huge achievement after having such a long time off, let alone winning the event. So, set a goal for yourself and focus on how you can achieve that each and every day. Don’t focus on the negatives and the amount of time you have been away, or your injury. Try to think about what you can do to get to the next level and get back to your sporting career.