Martin Smith’s Column: Queen Jess will fight to keep her Olympic crown

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill during the Heptathlon, Shot Put on day one of the Hypo-Meeting at the Mosle Stadion, Gotzis, Austria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story ATHLETICS Gotzis. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill during the Heptathlon, Shot Put on day one of the Hypo-Meeting at the Mosle Stadion, Gotzis, Austria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story ATHLETICS Gotzis. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Injured heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson will have heard an ominous rumble in the distance on Sunday.

Jessica Ennis-Hill - Jess to us - completed the latest phase of her heptathlon comeback and qualified for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

In the land of double-barrelled, super-fit multi-eventers the tectonic plates just shifted. Event Winner Brianne Theisen-Eaton will have felt the shudder close up as Jess got her elbows in at the world heptathlon top table again.

BTE and KJT will both know that they have a problem again and that problem is the will of JEH.

Among all the hoo-ha, predictions and after-event quotes there was one line that stood out above the others: “I felt like I had that ping again,” said Jess, after she finished fourth over all at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, beating her initial points target with a 6520-points total. “I’ve still got that competitive edge.”

Fighting talk and just what Jess needed. She now has a year to get back the edge she had so fabulously in London 2012.

After the birth of her son and recurring injuries it won’t be easy but now she knows – if ever she doubted it – that the mental strength and the desire to be the best is still there.

Play attractive football, don’t spend much money and win promotion in your first full season - otherwise don’t bother.

The words that aren’t in Sheffield United’s ad for a new manager, a position that has already attracted over 50 interested inquiries. But the implication is there as the club seeks its eighth manager in five years.

No doubt one or two of the 50 are from the likes of Handsworth Super Blade but there will be some impressive CVs in there. Impressive until about this time next year when the new man - or woman – will be judged

Spot the similarities: Lionel Messi weaves more wonder in the Nou Camp to score an outrageous first goal in the Spanish Cup final against Atletico Bilbao. Bilel Mohsni kicks Motherwell’s Lee Erwin up the jacksy after he pushed him in the back following Rangers 6-1 defeat in the Scottish play-offs. Don’t see any similarities? That’s because there aren’t any. Same sport, different planet.