Golden girl Jessica jumps to it as she steps up comeback

Jessica Ennis competes in the long jump on her way to victory during the Northern Athletics Championships at SportCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis competes in the long jump on her way to victory during the Northern Athletics Championships at SportCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
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WORLD and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis continued her comeback with a good showing at the Northern Athletics Outdoor Championships in Manchester yesterday.

The 25-year-old, who missed seven weeks of full training earlier this year with an ankle tendon injury, was victorious in the long jump final and was second in the javelin final.

In the long jump the City of Sheffield ace recorded a distance of 6.24 metres - four centimetres clear of runner-up Alexandra Russell.

In the javelin, Ennis threw 44.81m to finish second behind Hayley Thomas, who won with a distance of 49.96m.

In the absence of defending champion Sam Ellis, Steve Evison (City of Sheffield) won the 800m (1 minute 51.23 seconds).

Evision was given a hard race by Rotherham’s Rhian Hastey who finished runner-up. Matt Hudson (City of Sheffield) retained his 110m hurdles title with 14.09 secs.

Other Sheffield wins came from Karla Drew in the high jump (1.65m) and Kelly Clark in the under 20 hurdles (14.48 secs).

Jordan Carter (Rotherham) continued his excellent form with victory in the under-20 javelin with a throw of 61.78m.