JESSICA Ennis freely admits she isn’t in the kind of shape that she was this time last year, but it’s all part of the plan to win in her rival’s backyard later this year.
The Olympic Games heptathlon gold medallist has one major goal for 2013 - reclaim her World Championship title and in the process beat Russia’s Tatyana Chernova in Moscow in August.
The pair are cordial when meeting at events but there’s no doubt Ennis was inspired to charge down the home straight in her final event in London after Chernova bragged she’d beaten the Sheffield star in the 800 metres earlier in the season.
However, Ennis, who isn’t taking part in the indoor season this year, says there’s lots of work to do before their showdown at the near 90,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium.
She said: “I’m not in the shape I was last year because I’m not competing indoors and I’m still in the middle of some very heavy training.
“Last year I was sharpening up for the world indoors at this time. I’ll never be as hungry as I was for that Olympic gold but I want to win the World Championships. It’ll be like a reverse of last year with me going into Chernova’s home country this time.”
Ennis was world champion in 2009 and Chernova took the crown in 2011.
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