Jess putts on style to be leading lady

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis sits alongside the morning sessions leader USA's Hyleas Fountain. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis sits alongside the morning sessions leader USA's Hyleas Fountain. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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I’M right behind you ... but not for long as Sheffield’s athletics darling, Jessica Ennis, managed to move up into her more familiar position of leading at the end of the first day of the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea.

She was trailing second to the American Hyleas Fountain after the first two events in Daegu, the 100-metre hurdles and the high jump.

But Jess jumped back into first place when she produced a lifetime’s best in the shot put of 14.67m as Fountain faltered in that discipline and then was by far the fastest in the 200 metres, clocking an impressive 23.27 seconds.

It meant that the Sheffield star ended the first day leading overall by 151 points on 4,078 with the javelin, long jump and 800m to come today to finish off.

“It’s been a stressful day,” said Ennis. “I knew it was going to be tough, but it’s been a really hard first day.

“I was very frustrated after the first two events and was nervous before the shot and just wanted to get the points back that I lost. I’m really happy to throw that personal best.

“But it’s going to be tough. These girls have got strong second days so I have to make sure I am completely on it.”