Ennis destroys the competition with ‘Olympic winning’ performance

Winning smile: Jessica Ennis celebrates her brilliant heptathlon victory in Gotzis, Austria yesterday.            Picture: John Giles/PA
Winning smile: Jessica Ennis celebrates her brilliant heptathlon victory in Gotzis, Austria yesterday. Picture: John Giles/PA
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JESSICA Ennis made a winning return to the heptathlon with a dominating performance this weekend.

After missing almost two months of training earlier in the year due to injury, Ennis put her winning streak on the line in Gotzis, Austria, but proved she is still in a different class to her nearest rivals.

A winning total of 6,790 points at the Hypo-Meeting was just 33 below her personal best and considerably more than her target of around 6,500.

However, it was still ahead of the winning score from the 2008 Olympics and 251 points clear of Russia’s Tatyana Chernova, who finished second to Ennis. France’s Antoinette Nana-Djimo was third.

The Sheffield athlete was delighted with the victory and to get through the two-days with no pain in her left ankle.

She said: “It’s a massive, massive, massive relief and my ankle feels brilliant so that’s really positive.

“I had about six weeks to prepare and that’s about the bare minimum you’d need.”