TONI Minichiello, coach of Olympic gold medal hopeful Jessica Ennis, declared the weekend at the UK Trials a success despite problems with her run up in the long jump on Sunday.
Minichiello, who saw another of his athletes - Rotherham’s Louise Bloor - finish fourth in the 200 metres, said Ennis was pleased to win the 100m hurdles and high jump titles. “It was a good weekend’s work,” he told The Star.
“There’s still work to do on the long jump run up with her running through and no jumping but her performances on Saturday were very good.”
Millhouses-based Ennis, aged 26, will start the heptathlon competition in London on August 3 as favourite to win gold after hitting form at the Gotzis Hypo-meeting in Austria last month when she broke Denise Lewis’s long-standing British record.
“There’s just one more meeting we’re going to in Loughborough where she’ll do the long jump and javelin and then it’s on to London,” said Minichiello.
Perhaps surprisingly the organisers of the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace in London on July 13-14 have been unable to find space for Ennis to compete.
Ennis false started in the 100m hurdles in her last Diamond League appearance in Oslo earlier this month.
However, she is world-class hurdler in her own right and beat British record holder Tiffany Porter convincingly at the trials in Birmingham on Saturday.
Former Sheffield Wednesday Academy player Mukhtar Mohammed faces an anxious few days as he tries to make the Olympic Games ‘A Standard’ time for the 800m at the European Championships in Helsinki.
Mohammed finished second in the trials but will only book his spot in London if he is able to run quicker than 1 minute 45.6 seconds.
The 21-year-old’s first opportunity is tomorrow in the heats.