Jessica Ennis-Hill announces her retirement from athletics

The 30-year-old was one of the stars of London 2012

Jessica Ennis-Hill announces her retirement from athletics

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Former Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from athletics.

The 30-year-old was one of the stars of London 2012, where she won the heptathlon by 306 points. Ennis-Hill won three of the seven events on her way to Olympic gold.

A two-time World champion, the Sheffield native won gold in Berlin in 2009 and Beijing in 2015. Her final event came at Rio 2016, where she won a silver medal trying to defend her Olympic title. She lost by 35 points to Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam, who was a surprise winner.

Ennis-Hill will be best remembered for her role in London 2012's 'Super Saturday', when she won one of three golds for Great Britain in the Olympic Stadium.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, the 30-year-old said she was; "so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love."

"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."