12 January 2015
Britain’s current Olympic and world heptathlon champion will continue her countdown to Rio in the 60m hurdles at the world’s number one indoor athletics event
Jessica Ennis-Hill (coach: Toni Minichiello) has confirmed that she will compete at the sold out Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the 5,000 seat Emirates Arena on Saturday 20 February.
The Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix is the world’s number one ranked indoor athletics meeting and will be the best one-day athletics meeting to ever be held in Scotland. It will feature many of the world’s best athletes, including Britain’s other gold medal winners from ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympics, Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) and Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff).
Ennis-Hill has a great record in the 60m hurdles in Glasgow, setting a personal best in 2008, a British record of 7.95 in 2010 and then taking victory in 2011.
She said: “I am really looking forward to competing in the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix – this fixture always kick-starts my year. Training is going well and it will be good to get out there and compete with some great athletes and really test myself. Olympic year is a big year for all of us and the first competition brings with it trepidation and excitement.”
The Indoor Grand Prix, ranked as the world’s best indoor event in the world for the past ten years, will be held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the city alternates hosting the event with Birmingham up to 2020.
Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics, said: “Jessica Ennis-Hill is one of the biggest stars in British sport. The Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix will provide her with an opportunity to test herself and we wish her every success in Olympic year. She is a winner and a tremendous role-model for athletics and for Britain. The Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix will again showcase the city’s passion for major athletics events and is a sold-out success.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted that Jessica Ennis-Hill will continue her preparations for this year’s Olympic Games at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, reaffirming Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events among the world’s most decorated athletes. As well as providing the opportunity to witness Jessica in action, the event will see her fellow Olympic gold medallists, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, compete alongside a host of world-class athletes, creating an occasion not to be missed.”