JESSICA Ennis is being single-minded in her defence of the World Indoor Pentathlon title today.
Ennis, aged 26, is facing one of the toughest challenges of her career to hold off the Russian duo of world outdoor champion Tatyana Chernova, and Yekaterina Bolshova and Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine.
The early-season form of Bolshova sees her go into the event as world No 1 despite being a relative unknown at the start of the year.
Ennis said: “I’m not going to get too fixated on anyone else. I’m going to go there and do what I need to do in each event and get on with it.
“I don’t want to get distracted. I know she’s (Bolshova) done a good score and Chernova has performed well. I expect them all to be at the top of their game.
“You always expect someone to come out of the woodwork in Olympic year in most events.”
Victory is very much on Ennis’s mind, but losing her crown would be taken in her stride. She said: “It would be great to win. I’d have more confidence going into the summer and mentally you’d feel in a better position. I don’t also see it being a massive disaster if I don’t win or if it doesn’t go to plan.”