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Louise Hazel comes out of retirement

English heptathlete Louise Hazel says that she is coming out of retirement and plans to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

English heptathlete Louise Hazel has said that she will come out of retirement to compete in the Commonwealth Games in July this year.

The 28-year-old, who won gold in Delhi in 2010, quit heptathlon in September last year,

"I'm in better shape than I thought I was in," she told BBC Sport. "I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started. I was really pleasantly surprised by my tests. It's a thumbs-up for Glasgow, if I'm selected.

"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."

Hazel is currently ranked as the seventh-best British heptathlete of all time.

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