Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill remains committed to defending defend her Olympic heptathlon title in Rio.Getty Images/Harry Engels

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill has begun her attempt to defend her Olympic heptathlon title at Rio 2016 after returning to training less than three months after giving birth to her first child.

Ennis-Hill gave birth to baby boy Reggie on 18 July but has wasted little time returning to training, writing on Instagram: "Back in the gym...building back into training! Exciting and slightly scary! My journey to Rio starts now."

The 28-year-old won Olympic gold at London with a British record points haul of 6,955 but faces the added burden of motherhood ahead of defending her title in two years' time.

Speaking in May before the birth, Ennis-Hill said victory in Rio in front of her onlooking son would eclipse her achievement in London, where she claimed one of three athletics gold medals in the Olympic Stadium on an evening dubbed "Super Saturday".

"David [Beckham] was talking about how he had his kids quite young and how they've been part of his whole journey," the Sheffield born athlete said.

"Watching him compete, coming on the pitch and things like that. I think it would be really special having them there and seeing their mum win and be successful.

"To be able to look back at that time and see pictures of them as part of that whole experience - I'd look forward to that."

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Back in the gym...building back into training! Exciting and slightly scary! My journey to Rio starts now ?

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