Jessica Ennis declared her injury problems over after making an impressive return to action at the Powerade ION4 Great CityGames in Manchester yesterday.
The world and European heptathlon champion, competing for the first time since an ankle tendon problem ruled her out of the European Indoor Championships and left her unable to run for seven weeks, clocked 12.88 seconds for the 100metres hurdles in rainy and windy conditions on a raised track on Deansgate.
The 25-year-old was awarded third place, ahead of her American-born Great Britain team-mate Tiffany Ofili, who broke her British indoor record earlier this year and was given the same time.
Ennis finished behind hurdles specialists Ginnie Crawford and fellow American Danielle Carruthers, who won in 12.73 seconds. Carruthers got away well and was always destined to win but it took a photograph to separate the other three.
Ennis was less impressed with her 17.40 seconds run in the 150m after a poor start, Abi Oyepitan winning in 17.34, but she beat Laura Turner and Ashlee Nelson in 17.40. Afterwards, Ennis refused to be downbeat about her performance and said she was thrilled to be competing again.
“One massive positive to take from the day is that my ankle feels good,” she said. “It’s a bit of a relief to be back in competition and I’m just excited about the season now.
“If someone had said two weeks ago that I would be in Manchester running that sort of time (in the hurdles), I would have been very happy with that. So I’m glad I did it and now I can move on.
“To get into this shape so quickly is quite promising.”
Ennis, who is due to compete in the javelin in the Loughborough International next Sunday, now has her sights set on her first heptathlon of the season at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria on May 28 and 29.
Her coach Toni Minichiello, warned: “If you are expecting her to go there and spank people and score huge scores and a personal best, I’d say I don’t think that’s the case.
“I think she can go there and be competitive, but she will be up against everybody in Gotzis so she’ll be nervous to see whether she’s on her game.”
Tyson Gay won the 150m in 14.51s, some way off Usain Bolt’s world best of 14.35.
It was, though, the American’s first outing of the season, while he said beforehand he was only 80% fit and the conditions were hardly conducive to fast times.
“I’ve missed a lot of training this year because of a couple of little niggles and injuries so I’m pretty impressed with my performance,” said Gay.
“I’m feeling ok. I’m a little bit sore, but nothing major. I’m feeling pretty good.
Haile Gebrselassie saw off the challenge of Chris Thompson to claim his fourth Bupa Great Manchester Run title - and then predicted great things for the Briton.
The Ethiopian great only managed to pull away from Thompson in the final two kilometres of the 10km race, winning in 28 minutes 10 seconds
“I didn’t expect that from Chris,” said Gebrselassie, who boasts an unbeaten record in 10km road races going back to 1994. “Others yes, but this boy is amazing, amazing, he’s really super.
“In the future he’ll be the one. I tested him, I listened to his breathing when he was behind me. This boy is the one to watch.”