THE athlete who beats Jessica Ennis will win Olympic gold says former World Championship silver medallist decathlete Dean Macey.
Macey also won Commonwealth gold before injury cut short his career says Ennis is a “truly world-class athlete”.
He said: “Jess is better than I ever was. She has all the tools she needs to deliver in London and to break Denise Lewis’ British record in the process.
“I know she has lost her two world titles in the past eight months, to Tatyana Chernova (heptathlon) and Nataliya Dobrynska (pentathlon).
“But I still believe most of the world looks at Jess as the one to beat. You know, beat her and you get the gold. That’s certainly how I see it.”
As someone who twice finished in fourth place at Olympics Macey knows as well as anybody how fine is the line between medals and disappointment.
And he says the way the Millhouses-based 26-year-old has dealt with media expectation has been a credit to her.
“For the last three years she’s been labelled as the golden girl for London - the media she’s had to deal with I tell you I could not have done it,” he said.
“Yet she always puts her training first and she’s never turned up out of shape for a competition. She’s a class act.”