Jessica Ennis was again in outstanding form, winning the 60 metres hurdles in the Aviva Indoor International in Glasgow.
She also played her captain’s part in the team’s second place to Germany in the five way match when she added more points with third in the long jump. The hurdles event was eagerly awaited. Ennis upset the form book last year when she beat World hurdles champion Lolo Jones in the American’s specialist event. On that occasion the Sheffield superstar set a new UK record of 7.95. She repeated her win on Saturday, beating Jones more convincingly. The Sheffield athlete was away better than Jones but the American’s chances were extinguished by a poor clearance at the third hurdle.
In fact Ennis’s biggest challenge came from her British team mate Tiffany Ofili, Ofili looked to have the edge on Ennis for the first couple of hurdles but Ennis never wavered and continued to hurdle smoothly, stopping the clock at 7.97. Ennis said: “I’m really pleased. It’s a great track to run on and I’m really happy to get under 8 seconds again. I knew I was in good shape so to come here and do that again shows that I’ve done the right things over the winter.
“I had no idea about Lolo because I was right over the far side. It’s hard to see. I just concentrated on my own race. But it’s good to beat her again. I had a slow start myself, not the best so to run that time is brilliant.” In the long jump Ennis got in a valid jump in the third round with 8.18 and then improved to 6.30, 6.32 and finally 6.38. Germany’s Nadja Kather won with 6.58.