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Laura Kenny to join list of sporting mothers

Laura Kenny to join list of sporting mothers
By PA Sport

07/02/2018 at 09:11Updated 07/02/2018 at 10:21

Kenny will return to the track in Holland.

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny will return to competitive cycling in February, just over six months after having her first child.

The 25-year-old and her six-time Olympic gold medallist husband Jason Kenny, also named in Britain’s team for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Holland, announced the arrival of their son Albert in August 2017.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at six other athletes who have returned to competition after giving birth.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill celebrates winning world championship gold in China (Adam Davy/PA)
The 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion missed the Commonwealth Games in 2014 as she gave birth to her son Reggie. She returned the following year and won a world title before adding Olympic silver to her collection in Rio before retiring, and has since added daughter Olivia to her family.

Jo Pavey

Jo Pavey poses with her European gold medal (Adam Davy/PA)
Pavey produced an inspirational performance to become the oldest female European champion in 2014 at the age of 40, winning 10,000 metres gold in front of her 11-month-old daughter. Just 10 days earlier, the four-time Olympian put on one of the displays of the Commonwealth Games to secure bronze in the 5,000m. In Rio, aged 42, the mother-of-two became the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympics.

Dame Sarah Storey

Louisa celebrates with her mother after Sarah Storey added another gold medal to the collection (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Storey had won 11 Paralympic gold medals when she gave birth to her daughter Louisa Marie in 2013. The following year she won four para-cycling world titles before she became Britain’s most successful female Paralympian by adding another three golds to her collection in Rio. She has since given birth to son Charlie and has not called time on her career yet.

Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters with her daughter Jada Ellie after retaining her US Open title (Mehdi Taamallah/PA)
The Belgian’s professional tennis career appeared to be over, having been forced to retire at the age of 23 through injury and after giving birth to daughter Jada. However, Clijsters completed a remarkable sporting comeback to win the 2009 US Open just 18 months after giving birth – the first mother to win a Grand Slam since 1980. She retained her title 12 months later before retiring in 2012 and has since had two more children.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe celebrates her win with her daughter Isla in New York (Nick Potts/PA)
The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner celebrated a victorious return to running after the birth of daughter Isla in 2007. Radcliffe went on to win the New York Marathon less than 10 months later, before doing so again in 2008. She had a second child in 2010.

Serena Williams

Williams won an Open era record 23rd grand slam in Australia while pregnant. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September and returned in an exhibition three months later. The 36-year-old missed the Australian Open but expects to be back competing for more grand slams soon. In an Instagram post she hinted she would end her career with nine Wimbledon titles – two more than she currently has.

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