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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill gets Lifetime Achievement award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill gets Lifetime Achievement award

Ennis-Hill won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the 2016 Rio Games
bbc.comFormer heptathlon champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC's Sports Personality show.The 31-year-old won Olympic gold at London 2012 and a silver at the Rio Games four years later.She retired in October 2016 as one of Britain's most successful athletes.
Ennis-Hill was awarded her third World Championship gold earlier this year after Russia's Tatyana Chernova was stripped of the 2011 title for doping.With the BBC award, she follows in the footsteps of previous winners including footballer Pele and rower Sir Steve Redgrave."I am completely overwhelmed," said Ennis-Hill. "To be in this room full of so many legends is unbelievable."When I first stepped on to the track it was by chance - my mum joked about it being cheap childcare. From that moment on I fell in love with the sport and would never have imagined the career I have had."I just couldn't be happier and I am so proud."
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How Ennis-Hill inspired a nation
From 'Super Saturday' to the 'mother of all comebacks'
Ennis-Hill's heptathlon gold was one of the iconic moments of London 2012's 'Super Saturday'.She had her first child, Reggie, in 2014 and won a second world title just 13 months later.Headline writers called it "the mother of all comebacks" as she triumphed in the gruelling event which consists of the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw and 800m.The Sheffield-born athlete just missed out on retaining her Olympic title in Rio by 35 points to Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.bbc.com
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