Jess is playing it safe

Jessica Ennis takes part in the Womens Shot Putt  during the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships at the English Institue of Sport, Sheffield.  Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis takes part in the Womens Shot Putt during the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships at the English Institue of Sport, Sheffield. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
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It was a better to be safe than sorry outcome for Jessica Ennis at the Aviva Indoor Trials and UK Championships.

Now it’s a question of wait and see for Sheffield’s world class athlete.

Jessica Ennis is all smiles as she wins the high jump on day one of the AVIVA Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield

Jessica Ennis is all smiles as she wins the high jump on day one of the AVIVA Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield

Appearing in front of a sell out home crowd at the English Institute of Sport, she was scheduled to compete in four events over the weekend but only managed two before giving way to a calf strain.

Jess underwent an MRI scan and after the result she and coach Toni Minichiello decided not to take part in this weekend’s Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham where she was due to renew her rivalry with American world champion Lolo Jones in the 60m hurdles.

With the European Indoor championships due to start in Paris in just over two weeks time, athlete and coach will take no chances.

Toni said: “Jess felt her calf muscle tighten and we felt it better if she didn’t compete on the second day. It was really disappointing as Jess loves the opportunity to perform in front of her home crowd, as they’ve been incredibly supportive.”

Jess had got off to the perfect start at the EIS with success in the high jump, clearing 1.88 metres but passed on her final attempt after feeling some tightness in her calf.

She returned for the shot putt where she finished seventh and then decided it wasn’t worth taking a risk with her fitness.

“I have had an annoying niggle over the past week. A scan revealed there’s no damage and it’s a bit of inflammation but my coach and I decided that rest would be best.

“I was alright jumping on it as it wasn’t my take off leg but I could just feel it towards the end. It was getting a bit tighter so I thought there was no point in pushing on and injuring myself.

“Despite this, I’m happy with the way everything is going. I have covered all the events going into the European Championships barring the 800m and now I just want to stay injury free and ensure I get there.”

Luke Cutts cleared a season’s best of 5.51 metres in the pole vault but it still wasn’t good enough for gold.

He had upstaged the established UK No1 Steve Lewis only to be beaten for a second successive week by Max Eaves who set a personal best of 5.61 metres. City of Sheffield’s Jamie Williamson also threw a season’s best of 17.58m to clinch silver in the shot putt while clubmate Mukhtar Mohammed finished fifth in the 800m in 1.53.22 after running 1.52.16 in qualifying.

Make a note in your diary for next year - August 3 and 4.

That’s when Jess will be competing in the heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics and she’s everyone’s favourite to take gold.