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Heptathlon star Hazel could be queen of the Commonwealth again

Heptathlete Louise Hazel in action at the London 2012 Olympics. Phot: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Heptathlete Louise Hazel in action at the London 2012 Olympics. Phot: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A second local sporting star is ready to come out of retirement to challenge for Commonwealth Games glory in the shape of heptathlete Louise Hazel from March.

Hot on the heels of gymnastics ace Louis Smith returning to training ahead of Glasgow 2014, heptathlon talent Louise Hazel is now considering following suit.

Hazel, 28, announced her retirement in the Autumn to concentrate on launching her online fitness and nutritition business, the Podium Effect, but she has now revealed there is a big temptation to defend the crown she won four years ago in Delhi.

She also admits the fact that Jessica Ennis-Hill will miss the Commonwealth Games could be a factor in her decision.

Hazel said: “Six months ago when I retired, I was focused on starting my business, but that is now up and running and my body is still in good shape.

“Nobody wants to give up their crown and competing at Glasgow is a huge lure too.

“I love competing at the Commonwealth Games.

“Jessica being pregnant has also given me food for thought.

“Now I’m in a process of sitting down to take a bit of time to reflect and digest the information and come to a decision.”

Hazel, who finished 27th in the London Olympics of 2012, is seventh on the all-time British list with a personal best of 6,166 points achieved in Germany in 2011.

She is a former Peterborough Athletic Club member who grew up in March.

 

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