Louise Hazel announces plans to come out of retirement for Glasgow 2014


ImageREPs ambassador and international heptathlete Louise Hazel has confirmed that she has come out of retirement in a bid to defend her Commonwealth title later this year.

 

We are delighted by the news that Louise, who won gold in Delhi 2010 , has come out of retirement. Speaking to BBC Sport yesterday she said the lure of competing in Glasgow was too strong to resist.

 

“I’m in better shape than I thought I was in. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get started,” said Louise.

 

Louise announced her retirement from heptathlon last September, but added she was “not ruling out other sports”.

 

But after a series of tests on Wednesday, involving sprint work, the long jump, shot put and sessions in the gym, she confirmed her return.

 

“I was really pleasantly surprised by my tests. It’s a thumbs-up for Glasgow, if I’m selected,” said Hazel, who will now put together a “plan that involves coaching and sponsorship”.

 

She added: “I also have to chat to Commonwealth Games England to discuss the selection process and to see what hurdles have to be overcome.

 

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could successfully defend my Commonwealth crown – I’m definitely targeting the podium.”

 

After making her major championship debut for Great Britain at the 2006 European Championships, Hazel finished 14th at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

 

Her personal best of 6,166 points, set in Germany in 2011, makes her the seventh best British heptathlete of all time, but she could only finish 27th at London 2012, where Ennis-Hill took goldand another fellow Briton, Katarina Johnson Thompson, was 15th.

 

Whilst there is still a long way to go before Glasgow 2014, which begins on the 23rd July, the REPs family is 100% behind Louise and we wish her the very best of luck.

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