Jess Ennis-Hill says gold at the World Championships in Beijing ranks among the best moments of her career.
The 29-year-old has not long been back in training after giving birth 13 months ago but showed she is still the woman to beat in the heptathlon.
The 2006 Commonwealth bronze medallist and reigning Olympic champion produced a series of solid performances to take the title – the last victory in her 800m heat to seal the crown.
And she says that it was touch and go whether she would even compete and hailed the moment as one of her finest.
“This is definitely one of the greatest moments of my career, I still can’t believe it,” said Ennis-Hill.
“Me and Toni (coach Minichiello) spoke about coming here, and we only wanted to come if I was able to compete for a medal.
“We spoke about the bronze medal and that it would be amazing for a silver medal, but we never spoke about gold. I kind of thought it was a little beyond me this year. “When I look back now and think it has taken a while to get in great shape.
“It’s hard at the beginning when you’ve got a newborn and you’re adjusting to everything, just having a supportive family and Toni and the team around me really believed in me.
“I think I have a different perspective and you do things for different reasons and I think it has helped. I know a couple of athlete mums like Jo Pavey and I hope I am an inspiration to other mums.”
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