Ennis 2012 double bid ‘impossible’

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TONI Minichiello, the coach of Jessica Ennis, refused to blame the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics for dashing the Sheffielder’s dreams of double medal glory on home soil.

Woodseats-based Ennis had harboured hopes of competing in the 100m hurdles as well as the heptathlon next year.

But the timetable for the Games, unveiled by schedulers on Tuesday, revealed Ennis will finish her heptathlon competition on Saturday August 4, with the heats of the 100m hurdles set to start just 36 hours later.

Minichiello had asked for four days rest between the events but his request fell on deaf ears.

He told The Star: “I think it will be impossible for Jess to double up now. The decision has been taken out of our hands and made for us. It is not in mine or anybody else’s power to change it.

“The situation has possibly not fallen the way we would have wanted it to but we can now concentrate on the heptathlon. If the opportunity had arisen, we would have looked at taking it.”

A calf problem has forced Ennis into withdrawing from the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

She said: “I am working with my team to prepare an intense treatment programme and am putting all of my energy into being in the best shape for the pentathlon on March 4 in Paris.”