Sheffield’s Jess Ennis focuses on Russian rival

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JESSICA ENNIS has her main heptathlete rival in her sights as she plans ahead for the World Championships to be held in Russia next August.

Sheffield’s Olympic champion lost her world crown in 2011 in Daegu to Tatyana Chernova who recorded a personal best total of 6880 points.

The 6ft 2ins Russian now has the advantage of defending her title in Moscow.

But golden girl Ennis, 26, says she will be ready for the challenge.

“I was so annoyed in Daegu that I didn’t win it that it drove me on,” Ennis told the Daily Express. “Chernova was expected to do well in the Olympics and didn’t, so that will be driving her on in the same way. She’s younger than me, (24) she has time and I’m sure she is preparing for the Rio Olympics. It’s a tough challenge, but it’s a challenge I want. Getting the world title back – and the European record [7,032 points] is achievable. That is my motivation. To get that record I will have to replicate everything I did at the Games – and more – without that huge crowd backing me.”