Athletics: Coach praises Jess Ennis’ big-time mentality

Personal best: Jessica Ennis consistently delivers in major championships, says her coach.

Personal best: Jessica Ennis consistently delivers in major championships, says her coach.

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JESSICA Ennis returns to training on Monday with coach Toni Minichiello saying she should be proud of her indoor season.

Although Ennis relinquished her world indoor title to Ukrainian rival Nataliya Dobrynska in Istanbul last Friday, she was one of only four British athletes who broke their personal best scores or time.

Minichiello said it was testament to Ennis’s ability to deliver in championships and her preparation ahead of the event.

“If you’re going to do a personal or season’s best then the time to do it is in the big championships,” he said.

“She was a bit down in the high jump and had a bad long jump but her hurdles, shot and 800 metres were all personal bests in the pentathlon.”

After a week’s break from training Ennis’s build up to the multi-event meeting in Gotzis, Austria, in May and then the London Olympic Games in August will begin with a javelin session.

The heptathlon at the Olympics is set to be one of the most keenly fought contests of all the Games with Ennis, Dobrynska, Russian world champion Tatyana Chernova and Lithuania’s Austra Skujyte all fighting for medals.

Minichiello said there may also be a surprise contender: “There’s a few who missed the indoor season preferring to concentrate on the Games.”

DID YOU KNOW: Jessica Ennis will be one of the first British athletes on the track at the London Olympic Games. The heptathlon starts on the morning of Friday, August 3 and concludes a day later.

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