Jess on course with medals haul at trials

Jessica Ennis competes in the Womens Long Jump event of the Heptathlon during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. John Giles/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis competes in the Womens Long Jump event of the Heptathlon during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. John Giles/PA Wire
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JESS Ennis claims a weekend’s hard endeavour at Birmingham’s Aviva National Championships has been the perfect preparation for the defence of her world heptathlon title next month.

JESS Ennis claims a weekend’s hard endeavour at Birmingham’s Aviva National Championships has been the perfect preparation for the defence of her world heptathlon title next month.

Ennis admitted to feeling tired after a demanding five event schedule but she posted some performances that give her plenty of cause for optimism before flying out to Daegu.

Ennis finished second behind new British record holder Tiffany Ofili Porter in the 100m hurdles and also claimed silver in the women’s long jump - beaten by Shara Proctor. Both defeats came against athletes at the centre of the ‘plastic Brits’ row, Porter having switched allegiance from the USA to Great Britain and Proctor transferring from the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

But Ennis was only really concerned with her own performance, so will be delighted with her 6.54 metre personal best in the long jump and a 14.35m effort in the shot, which equalled her PB. She also won the high jump with a best clearance of 1.89m and threw 42.93m in the javelin, just over four metres down on her best from last year’s European Championships.

“It’s been a really good weekend. I’m pretty exhausted and looking forward to a rest,” said Ennis. “I feel I’m in good shape but a little rusty in the high jump and javelin. I’d put the whole performance as OK; you can always improve. I’m just hope I’m saving the big performances for a few weeks time but it’s important to keep yourself ticking over and this weekend has achieved my aims.”

Ennis was particularly happy with her long jump performance, after putting in serious work on the discipline with coach Toni Minichiello. “I’ve been working on some things in the long jump and feel that it’s improving so I’m glad to have had that jump. Hopefully I can put a little bit more on it come Daegu.”

Sheffield’s Martyn Bernard, returning to form after injury, finished second in the men’s high jump, losing on countback to Olympic finalist Tom Parsons after both cleared a best of 2.38 metres. Bernard must now achieve the 2.31m ‘A’ qualifying standard at next weekend’s Grand Prix in London.

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