Jessica Ennis believes a second 60metre hurdles victory over world indoor champion Lolo Jones gives her plenty of reasons to be positive for the coming season.
Sheffield’s world and European heptathlon champion clocked a season’s best 7.97seconds in the Aviva Match at Glasgow to beat her American rival. The time was just 200ths of a second off the British record Ennis set at last year’s event, when she also claimed the scalp of Jones. And, with the European Indoors coming up in Paris in March and the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August, the performance bodes well.
“I thought it was a bit flukey last year. But it’s given me loads of confidence, running that sort of time and beating people of that calibre. I’ve done three races now this season and each time I’ve got quicker. If I’m running under eight seconds that’s really good and hopefully I can produce that in the summer.”
The athlete admits her long jump needs work, despite being satisfied with a leap of 6.38metres. See Page 30.