Top honour for Sheffield’s Jess Ennis

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SHEFFIELD’S Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has been named as the 2012 women’s European Athlete of the Year.

Five years ago Ennis picked up the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award and since then she has won European and world titles in the heptathlon.

Her score at the London Olympic Games, in a British record of 6955 points, moved her up to number four on the European all-time list and fifth on the global rankings. Ennis’ achievement will be celebrated during the European Athletics Awards Night in St Julians, Malta, next Saturday alongside the men’s winner, which is announced on today. Mo Farah is favourite.

Three British women have won the award Dame Kelly Holmes was in 2004 after winning two Olympic golds in Athens and Sally Gunnell took the prize in 1993.