Jessica Ennis warmed up for her first heptathlon of the year next weekend with a steady showing in tricky conditions at the Loughborough International yesterday.
The 25-year-old, who takes on the main challengers for her world heptathlon title in Gotzis, Austria next weekend, had a best of 1.86 metres in the high jump and 44.49m in the javelin.
Hampered by a fierce headwind, she failed in three attempts at 1.92m, but still comfortably won the high jump, one of her best events.
She was helped by a huge tailwind in the javelin, finishing sixth against specialist throwers.
“I’m quite pleased,” she said. “It’s been difficult with this wind and everyone was struggling a bit,” Ennis said.
“I am pleased with my high jump and I’m happy with today. It’s just a shame about the conditions, they really were difficult for everybody.
“The injury is good and I’m looking forward to the heptathlon next weekend,” she added although coach Toni Minichiello has warned not to expect too much in Austria.
Hallamshire Harriers’ Hatti Dean was satisfied with her opening track race of the season, fifth in 3000 metres in 9mins 16 won in 9:08.36 by Stevie Stockton of Loughborough). Dean runs on Thursday in Rome in her No 1 event, the steeplechase.
world junior 100m champion Jodie Williams claimed victory in 38.0 seconds in the rarely-run 300m whilst Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won the 100m in an impressive 10.10s, his quickest time since 2008,