Jessica Ennis upset by hurdles blunder

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JESSICA Ennis hit out at the officials at the Powerade Great CityGames as an embarrassing blunder denied her a personal best in the 100 metres hurdles today.

The heptathlete produced a fantastic run to win the race on the raised track on Manchester’s Deansgate ahead of the Olympic champion and the world silver medallist, only to be told afterward only nine hurdles had been set out instead of the regulation 10.

Ennis, from Sheffield, clocked 12.75 seconds into a headwind to beat two of the best hurdlers in the world, Dawn Harper and Danielle Carruthers.

The time was 0.04secs faster than her previous best, but the organisational error meant it was invalid.

Ennis said: “I can’t believe that. It’s a great event, but that’s a massive, massive mess-up.