Ennis braced for American challenge

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Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis is expected to be among a star-studded line up at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.

The world champion is poised to compete in the New York event, which is in its seventh year as one of the premier track-and-field event in the world.

Great Britain’s Phillips Idowu will face Christian Olsson in what promises to be a fascinating match-up in the triple jump while LJ van Zyl tops off a deep 400-meter hurdles field that already includes the top three hurdlers in the world last year: Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, Kerron Clement and Javier Culson.

Liam Ramsay (City of Sheffield) won the English under 20 decathlon championship at Bedford last weekend with a score of 7028, just short of his best for the 10 event contest.

Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins was edged out for gold but clinched a second place finish in Sunday’s International Triathlon Union World Championship race in Madrid.

She was outsprinted by Paula Findlay and her time of two hours, three minutes and 49 seconds put her three seconds down on the winner.

However, Jenkins achieved her podium goal, and another top three finish from the Hyde Park leg of the series or the Grand Final in Beijing will guarantee her a place in the 2012 London Olympics.