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Athletic best: Support from Jess.  PICTURE: STEVEN PASTON, ACTION IMAGES
Athletic best: Support from Jess. PICTURE: STEVEN PASTON, ACTION IMAGES
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jessica Ennis says she will be cheering on her fellow athletes at Thursday night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award show in Manchester.

Ennis, who finished third in the voting in 2009 when it was staged at the Sheffield Arena and was nominated again last year, didn’t make the top 10 for 2011.

But she said the performances of world champions Dai Green (400 metre hurdles) and Mo Farah (10,000m) deserved to be recognised

“I wasn’t really disappointed [to make the top 10]. I didn’t expect to get nominated.

“Within athletics we’ve had some amazing performances. Obviously Dai and Mo are both world champions and have performed amazingly so they should obviously be nominated.

“I’ll be rooting for them to do well.”

Ennis, aged 25, who is likely to be the poster girl for next summer’s Olympic Games in London admits to being star struck when she has attended the event in the past.

She said she is looking forward to being at Media City in Manchester without the pressure of being nominated.

“I’ll be going which will be quite nice this year because it’s stressful when you’re nominated - going up on stage and the speech.

“It is bizarre because you don’t really think of it. All those amazing sports people in the same room and going up on stage in front of everyone. It is a real honour and I’ve enjoyed it the past couple of years.

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With 10 men on the shortlist and no women there has been an outcry in some quarters about the lack of female representation.

However, Ennis is matter-of-fact when discussing it.

She said: “I think there have been some really good performances.

“It would have been nice to see some women in there but it’s not the case this year.

“I think Keri-Anne Payne [open water swimmer] should have been on there. I think it was a bit of a shame.

“Obviously it is disappointing that there are no women there but there are some amazing male performances too, so they should be supported as well.”

And she joked: “But it’s not down to the public is it? It’s down to you journalists.”

According to Ennis the winner will be in two wheels rather than two feet. She said: “I’d really like Mo or Dai to be in the top three but I think [cyclist] Mark Cavendish.”