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Athletics: Moscow too soon for Jessica Ennis-Hill?

Jessica Ennis-Hill after the women's 100 metres hurdles in London. Pic: John Walton/PA Wire

Jessica Ennis-Hill after the women's 100 metres hurdles in London. Pic: John Walton/PA Wire

 

Jessica Ennis-Hill may have to wait another summer before adding to her medal collection.

The Olympic champion came through her return to London on Saturday unscathed in terms of aggravating her ankle injury but she had her eyes opened to how far behind she is in terms of preparation for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.

A year ago Ennis-Hill had stood on the track at the Olympic Stadium in the shape of her life before romping to victory in the heptathlon.

The Anniversary Games were supposed to be a celebration of her, and others, achievements last year but you got the feeling that it was a difficult occasion for the 27-year-old.

Ennis-Hill clocked 13.08 seconds in her first hurdles race since London 2012 to finish fourth, more than half a second down on her personal best.

That was hardly a surprise given she only started hurdling again in training last week.

But her furthest effort in the long jump of 6.16m, which put her eighth and last, was down on the 6.26m she recorded on her comeback in Loughborough on Tuesday.

All six of her long jump marks were between 6.00m and 6.16m.

But it was more about whether she’d be fit enough to travel to Russia or not.

The jury is still out on that question.

“It’s that difficult decision of whether I am ready enough to go and contend,” she said.

“And I hate making the decision as well. I think I am going to have to sit down with my coach (Toni Minichiello) and have a chat and see what’s best. I am where I am normally at the beginning of the season,” she said.

“Normally when I start my season I would probably run a low 13 or a high 12.9 or something. Unfortunately I need to be further down the road really.

“I’ve done all the winter work and just picked up this injury at the wrong time.

“I need to step back and have a real think about it all. And I need to see how it is tomorrow, that’s going to be a big thing.”

Ennis-Hill is now set to race again next weekend to further assess her readiness for Moscow, saying she had “pencilled in” a UK Women’s League meeting on Saturday.

Another local athlete who definitely won’t be travelling to Moscow but maybe should be is Dearne Athletics Club pole vaulter Luke Cutts.

Cutts won the British Championships but didn’t make the ‘A standard’ height which rival Steve Lewis had already achieved.

However, in the Olympic Stadium he again beat Lewis and broke his personal best into the bargain with a vault of 5.70m.

He said he was pleased with his performance: “It’s a PB, it just took a bit of time to come out.

“It’s a shame they can’t take us both to Worlds but you know. I think I could make the Worlds final.”

The pole vault was one of the best competitions over the three days of action at the Olympic Stadium.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie attempted a world record 6.16m in the pole vault, but Sergey Bubka’s 6.14m mark remained intact.

If Ennis-Hill doesn’t make the World Championships Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be Britain’s sole representative.

The talented young Liverpudlian warmed up in style by winning the long jump with 6.46m.

Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield RC) could manage no higher than 10th in the 800 metres but, such was the quality of the field, he did a personal best time of 1:45.67.

In a massive field of 20 for the Emsley Carr Mile, Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) was back in 14th place but ran a personal best of 3:54.75.

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