JESSICA Ennis couldn’t have had a better preparation and now it’s just a case of doing the business in the Olympic Stadium, her coach told The Star.
Toni Minichiello has guided Ennis through to the start of the heptathlon competition this morning after an excellent season, which saw her break the British record. He said: “Everything has gone to plan. We had a good training camp in Portugal and she’s looking good.
“All the work is done now. It’s the old cliches like ‘one event at a time’ now. She just has to go out there and do the business.”
It’s Ennis’ and Minichiello’s first Olympics. The pair have tried to approach it like any major championship, but Minichiello says Village life makes that difficult.
“The athletics side of it is the same. It’s when I’m in the village I notice a difference,” he said.
“I’ve seen some of the volleyball lads and bumped into Sharks’ Nate Reinking. And I saw Chris Hoy riding around on a bike. It’s then when it hits you.”
Ennis, who is 8/11 favourite for the heptathlon gold with bookmakers William Hill, has her first event at 10.29am. She has been drawn in lane seven for the 100m hurdles. High jump is at 11.15am, shot put at 7pm and 200m at 9.13pm.
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