Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis named Euro No 1

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Jessica Ennis has been named European athlete of the month for May after her stunning success at the Hypo meeting in Gotzis, Austria.

Ennis set a new British and World leading record of 6,906 points in the heptathlon - the only one she’ll do before taking to the track at the Olympics on August 3 in London.

This weekend, 26-year-old Ennis will compete in the UK Championships and Olympic trials in Birmingham in the 100m hurdles, 200m, high jump and long jump.

Sprinter James Dasaolu aims to prove UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee is wrong about his fitness at the trials.

Van Commenee claimed the 24-year-old was fragile and an athlete who “gets injured when they step out of bed for no reason”.

Dasaolu has had his problems - ranging from foot stress fracture to torn hamstrings twice - but insists a change of coach and a new training regime means he can put those issues behind him: “I am fit, healthy and ready to go,” said the 100 metre runner, who is now working under the guidance of Kevin Tyler, UKA’s head of coaching.

“I believe I am now over the problems. It is Olympic year, the year that matters most, and I do believe those (difficult) years are behind me. My biggest change was moving coach in January this year. It meant a different approach to training and it has really benefited me a lot.

“There is more focus on the running aspect and acceleration and I’ve spent less time in the gym and more time on the track.

“I have started a new programme and believe that has allowed me to stay fit and healthy and produce quick times.”