This was no disaster, insists coach Tony

Athletics: Results and reports.
Athletics: Results and reports.
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Jessica Ennis has been backed by her long-time coach to recover quickly from the disappointment of losing her World Championship heptathlon title.

Ennis saw her long unbeaten run come to an end in Daegu as Russia’s Tatyana Chernova took gold by 129 points, despite finishing behind Ennis in five of the seven events.

A “big disaster” - her words - from Ennis in the javelin proved the difference, but coach Toni Minichiello feels winning silver is no such thing.

“It’s slightly disappointing to come back with a silver medal and not a gold,” Minichiello said.

“When you’re world number one you’d hope that you’d retain that kind of performance at championships like this, but it is still a good learning opportunity. There have been some good positives to come out. The long jump looks really good and I think there’s a bit more to come. The shot put I wasn’t really expecting so that’s a pleasant surprise.

“Her flat speed I am happy with and an 800m which shows she can run. In reality she beat Chernova in five events, but just got heavily beaten in the javelin. That’s the difference.”

Ennis led by 118 points after five events by equalling her personal best in the long jump at the start of day two, but then managed just 39.95m in the javelin, 13m down on Chernova.

“In the warm-up for the javelin she threw one about 45m and you’re like, ‘It was fine a minute ago’,” Minichiello added. “She slipped a little bit on the runway on the first run - that maybe upset her for the second one - then the third one she really went for it but just didn’t time it right and missed it completely. But I don’t think it will take her a long time to get over this. After the javelin and having that long period to think about it, I think she proved she’s over it by going out hard in the 800m. I think she’s over it now to be honest.”