Athletics: Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis looks for improvements over the hurdles

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JESSICA Ennis will test herself against two of the world’s top 100 metre hurdlers tomorrow in Manchester, and she’ll love every second of it.

Ennis, aged 26, is a heptathlete and has to train hard for seven different events. But the challenge of facing single discipline specialists is one that she relishes.

Her early season has been focused primarily in the field events of shot put and javelin so she says she can’t wait to get back on the track - albeit a temporary one laid along Deansgate in Manchester.

“It has more been down to getting good quality competition that I haven’t competed on the track yet. If it’s just about getting the work in then I can do that in training - I don’t just want to run for the sake of it. I’m up against Dawn Porter, who won the Olympic gold in Beijing, Danielle Carruthers who is a World silver medallist and British girl Gemma Bennett.

“You’re pushed on when you race against the best. It will show me where I’m at with my hurdling.”

Ennis has enjoyed taking part in this event over the last couple of years. In 2010 she produced a blistering time in the 150m to win that race and then last year she beat Tiffany Porter over the 100m hurdles in 12.88 seconds.

“It’s an event I enjoy,” said Ennis. “It’s different for me in the heptathlon. There’s a lot training and few chances to do a full competition. When I do these events it’s about seeing what improvements I am making.”

Also racing tomorrow is sprinter Dwain Chambers.

Chambers now has the all-clear to the rest of the GB team in London - should he be selected - after the Court of Arbitration for Sport declared the British Olympic Association’s lifetime ban on drug cheats invalid.

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