Jessica Ennis puts gold at top of her list

All smiles: Jessica Ennis is looking forward to defending her world title later this month.                  Picture: Steve Parkin.
All smiles: Jessica Ennis is looking forward to defending her world title later this month. Picture: Steve Parkin.
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jessica Ennis is in the mood for another gold medal and she doesn’t care how she goes about it.

The world champion heptathlete, aged 25, has achieved much in her short career.

However, one landmark that she’s frequently questioned about is, when will she break Denise Lewis’s British record of 6831 points?

Ennis’s own personal best of 6823 will be under threat when she takes to the track on August 29 at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

But she told The Star it’s medals rather than personal scores that motivate her.

“That’s the thing. People remember medals. If I score a PB and come fourth no will be bothered about that. At this stage it is about going out there and winning, but of course I want to improve my performance as well,” she said.

The task of getting Ennis into championship defending shape is left to long-time coach Toni Minichiello. Ennis says that Minichiello is the one who will worry about how the points will be picked up over the seven events.

“We don’t really talk about scores. I think he (Toni) has a score in his head about what I can achieve from what he’s seen of me in training.

“I haven’t really thought about it just yet, but I will start thinking about it and whether they cross over. They probably won’t, they’ll be so different. I feel I have some good training the last few weeks. I’m really happy with where I am. It is just about implementing that now and putting it into performances.”

n The Northern Under 17 and Under 15 Championships take place today and tomorrow at Cudworth. Adam Khan (City of Sheffield) is a contender in the long jump and triple jump at under 17 level whilst Nicholas Cole (Dearne ALC) is favourite for the pole vault. Joe Lancaster (City of Sheffield) in the 800 metres and Tom Baines (Hallamshire) in the 1500 metres should also do well.

In the under 15 age group English Schools winner Adam Hague (Dearne ATC) is expected to win the pole vault.

English Schools 3,000 metres champion Natalia Hackett (Hallamshire) opts for the 1,500 metres whilst Abigail Bishell (City of Sheffield) goes for a sprint double. Doncaster all rounder Nicole Bewley is listed for the hurdles, long jump and javelin and Sheffield’s Vicky Price should do well in the pole vault.

Christie Edwards (City of Sheffield) goes for a sprint double in the under 15 age group. The meeting starts at 10:30 on both days.

n City of Sheffield 800 metre runner Mukhtar Mohammed missed out on the chance to qualify for the World Championship team last night at Crystal Palace in the Aviva Grand Prix Diamond League meeting. Needing to better the ‘A’ standard time of one minute 45.40 seconds he could only manage 1:46.35 in a race won by world record holder David Rudisha in a UK all-comers record of 1:42.91.