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Jessica Ennis-Hill receives Lewis backing

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Ennis-Hill withdrew from the Championships  (©GettyImages)
Ennis-Hill withdrew from the Championships (©GettyImages).

Former British heptathlete Denise Lewis has declared that she feels Jessica Ennis-Hill has made the right decision to withdraw from this month's World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The gold medal winner struggled through the Anniversary Games, which raised questions over whether or not she would be fit enough to compete to her full potential in Russia, before the 27-year-old this week ruled herself out of contention due to her niggling Achilles injury. 

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lewis - also a former heptathlon gold medallist - has revealed that she feels Ennis-Hill has made a correct and sensible decision to withdraw.

"Jess has to think about the next few years and the risk of causing further damage. 

"You have to ask whether there's more to lose than gain. For Jess, there's more to lose," explained the pundit. 

Ennis-Hill performed poorly at the Olympic Stadium recently, finishing last in the long jump event, and Lewis is confident that her choice will have a positive long-term effect.

The 40-year-old added: "In the long jump, she achieved 6.26m at Loughborough recently and threw a personal best in the javelin. 

"When you look at the scores from those performances, you think that is someone who could possibly compete.

"But I think she's made a good decision. Everyone else would love to see her compete, but Jess has to think about the next few years."

The World Championships begin on August 10, but the event will be missing a host of high profile names. 

Aside from Ennis-Hill, the likes of David Rudisha, Yohan Blake and Tatyana Chernova will all also be absent through fitness concerns.

 

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