It’s Yankee Doodle sandy ... but not Jess’ best event

Jessica Ennis, of Great Britain, competes in the long jump at the Adidas Grand Prix on Randall's Island in New York, Saturday, June 11, 2011. Ennis finished eighth. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Jessica Ennis, of Great Britain, competes in the long jump at the Adidas Grand Prix on Randall's Island in New York, Saturday, June 11, 2011. Ennis finished eighth. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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New MBE Jessica Ennis did not have a happy experience at the Diamond League Meeting in New York. Heavy rain and strong winds ruined any chances of good times and distances and Ennis had to settle for 6.03 in the long jump into a strong headwind. She finished eighth.

Her performance in the hurdles was better. She was seventh against world class opposition in 13.27, a decent enough time in the face of a 3.7 metres per second headwind. The winner, Danielle Carruthers (USA) clocked 13.04 with Britain’s Tiffany Ofili third in 13.11. The Sheffielder wrote on Twitter: “Disappointing day! Weather was terrible! Never run hurdles or jumped into head winds that strong! Oh well onwards and upwards!”

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu, another to have received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, celebrated his gong in style by claiming victory ahead of Christian Olsson with a leap of 16.67 metres as his main rival Teddy Tamgho struggled and ended up seventh.

n In the British Milers Club Grand Prix at Watford, Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed was fourth in the 800 metres in 1:47.89, a time close to his season’s best. Another 800 metres in this graded meeting was won by Steve Evison (City of Sheffield) in a season’s best of 1:50.24.

Christie Edwards (Rotherham) broke the meeting record in the junior girls 100 metres at the South Yorks Schools Championships at Doncaster. She clocked 12.5 before going on to win the 200 metres in 25.7. At the English Schools, athletes are restricted to one event and Edwards will do the 100 metres.

Lauren Frid (Barnsley) did the sprint double in the senior age group and she will opt for the 200 at the National Championships.

Adam Khan (Sheffield) won the intermediate long jump in 6.59 and was even better in the triple jump with 14.05. Another double winner was Jordan Carter (Barnsley) in the shot and javelin. He has been named for the javelin in the South Yorks team. His winning mark was 59.34