Jessica Ennis-Hill back in training following child birth

Ennis-Hill won Olympic gold in the multi-event discipline at London 2012 (©GettyImages)

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill has returned to training for the first time since giving birth to her first child.

The 28-year-old revealed in January she was expecting a baby, and therefore missed the whole of the 2014 season.

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Comeback

The heptathlete gave birth to Reggie in July, and has confirmed on Instagram that she is back in training as she prepares for the road to Rio 2016, where she will be hoping to defend the Olympic title she won in London two years ago.

"Back in the gym...building back into training," she wrote. "Exciting and slightly scary! My journey to Rio starts now."

Rising stars

During her absence, British multi-eventing has seen the rise of two young stars; Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake.

Johnson-Thompson, 21, won silver in the long jump at the world indoor championships, before setting a new personal best in the heptathlon of 6682 points - less than 300 behind Eniss-Hill's best score.

17-year-old Lake has also had a successful year, winning two golds at the World Junior Championships - one for the heptathlon and one in the high jump.

Challenge

It's never easy to return from time out from the sport but, with two fellow countrywomen eager to impress, it will be even more challenging.

Ennis-Hill, though, was ranked number one in the world for four years up until injury at the end of 2012 meant she missed the 2013 world championships and, with her training underway on schedule, expect to see Ennis-Hill back to her best sooner than later. 

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