SHE’S not quite there yet, but yesterday was a special day in the life of Jessica Ennis as she was named an Olympian for the first time.
The announcement by the British Olympic Association of the 71 strong athletics team for London, which are now just 23 days away, contained few surprises not least the selection of ‘golden girl’ Ennis, who has been almost as synonymous with the Games as the torch.
There was no doubt about 26-year-old Ennis’s selection to the team, however, even as she was completing another long day of training on Monday evening at the EIS in Attercliffe, she still couldn’t officially claim the Olympian tag.
Now she can.
On Twitter, she said: “So excited to hear the official announcement of team GB! London here we come!”
First comes two more weeks of hard work before her training programme will taper off ready for the athletics’ team training camp in Tenerife.
In between that Ennis will have her final competition in Loughborough on Saturday.
It’s likely that Ennis will be the only Sheffield-based athlete in London after 800 metre specialist Mukhtar Mohammed and 3,000m steeplechaser Hattie Archer both missed out.
Mohammed finished second in the UK trials but was unable to achieve the ‘A’ standard time to book his place.