ATHLETICS: Jess suffers a ‘foul’ time in long jump

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Jessica Ennis admits she needs to make changes to her long jump six weeks before she competes at the Olympics after an error-strewn performance at the trials in Birmingham yesterday.

The heptathlete fouled three times and ran through twice as she struggled to get her run-up right at the Alexander Stadium.

Her only clear jump of 6.27 metres saw her finish sixth, after impressive victories in the high jump and 100m hurdles on Saturday.

On her last long jump display in Bedford earlier this month four of her jumps were fouls, meaning she has now fouled seven of her last 12 jumps, plus running through twice.

But there was a magnificent performance in the 800m from Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed.

Ranked fourth in the UK this season, Mohammed finished runner-up and there will be an Olympic place if he can achieve the ‘A’ qualifying mark of 1:45.60. He is not far away, having run 1:45.90, although yesterday’s time was a modest 1:47.52. He will get the chance to run the time in the European Championships.

So, too, will Hatti Archer who finished runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase. behind Eilish McColgan.

Archer held on well for second place, although the time was only 10:02.35 compared with the ‘‘A standard of 9:43. Archer could be selected on the basis of her standard from last year.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Ennis said: “I don’t know (what’s wrong with the run-up). It was just not there, the rhythm was not right.

“It needs changing a bit because I’m just not comfortable. I don’t know if I’m running quicker or a bit stronger, but he runway’s not suiting me at the moment.

“Generally when I jump I’m normally behind the board, I take off a lot behind the board.

“The last few competitions I’ve done a lot of no jumps, which I don’t normally do.

“I think it’s definitely to do with my rhythm and the way I’m attacking the board. We’ve just got to go away and work on it a bit.

“I don’t think it’s a major worry,” she added.

City of Sheffield’s Lee Doran retained his javelin title with 79.72m. Doran led from the first round, with his best effort coming in round five. It was a personal best for Doran who will get the chance to chase the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 82m when he lines up for the European Championships in Helsinki. Joe Dunderdale (Lincoln Wellington/City of Sheffield) finished sixth with 67.96m.

Luke Cutts (Dearne ALC/City of Sheffield) was fifth in the pole vault with a height of 5.20m.