SHEFFIELD’S ENNIS: Only London matters for Jess as outdoor season picks up pace

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SHEFFIELD’S Jessica Ennis is aiming to turn silver into gold when she competes in her first heptathlon of the season in Gotzis next month, but she insists more disappointment there would not hamper her chances in London this summer.

The 26-year-old is one of Britain’s leading hopes for Olympic gold but she will go into the Games having been beaten at the last two global championships.

Ennis lost out to Russia’s Tatyana Chernova at the World Championships in Daegu last year and then saw Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska break the world record to win gold in the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul last month.

The trio will go head-to-head for the last time before London at the Hypo meeting in Gotzis, Austria on May 26 and 27, where Ennis will be looking for a third consecutive victory.

She said: “It’s definitely going to be a good indication of how everyone’s performing and what’s going to happen in the summer, but when it does come around to August you’re all back on zero again and it starts again. It really matters at the Olympics.”

Ennis looked near unbeatable when she won gold at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 but the bar has gone up significantly since.

“It’s the highest it’s ever been,” said Ennis. “Every time we go to championships people are setting personal bests, national records, world records. There’s a number of athletes that could easily achieve that gold in London.”

Ennis has two events lined up before the Gotzis meeting.

On May 12-13 she’ll be taking part in the 200 metres, shot put and javelin at the Yorkshire Championships in Barnsley. And on May 20 she’s entered in the 100m hurdles in Manchester for the Great City Games.