Ennis has a bite of the Big Apple

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Jessica Ennis continues her preparation for the defence of her World Heptathlon title by competing in the Samsung Diamond League in New York tomorrow.

Ennis competes against a world class field in the 100 metres hurdles. Tiffani Ofili clashes with Ennis whilst Americans Lolo Jones and Kellie Wells are also in the line up. Ennis had been widely seen as the athlete to break the long standing UK record of 12.80 held by former Wombwell athlete Angie Thorp.

Ennis has done 12.81 but Ofili, a British national for just over a year, beat Ennis to it with a time of 12.73 last month. The Sheffielder is also scheduled to do the long jump. This is an event where Ennis has some scope for improvement. Her best is 6.51 and she will be looking to get close to that or even improve it.

Hallamshire’s Hatti Dean is in the 3000 metres steeplechase in New York. She had a good opening mark of 9:37.95 in Rome last month and is in shape to go below 9:30 for the first time and reclaim her UK record. Sheffield middle distance star Mukhtar Mohammed competes in a British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting at Watford tomorrow. Mohammed won the 1500 metres for Sheffield in their British League match last weekend.