ATHLETICS: Ennis pleased with progress in field events after long jump success

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JESS Ennis continued her preparations for the Olympic Games with victory in the long jump at the Bedford International Games yesterday.

The European heptathlon champion jumped 6.40 metres to take the triumph just ahead of Dominique Blaize (6.39m)

The 26-year-old Millhouses-based Ennis, who broke the British heptathlon record in Gotzis recently, also competed in the javelin, where she threw 46.34m to finish eighth.

Ennis said: “I had a few no-jumps, but I’m very happy with the way my jumping is going at the moment and then in the javelin I had a good solid throw, which is what I need within the heptathlon.”

Asked if the no-jumps were a concerns, Ennis added: “Not really, it showed my jumping ability is there. It felt good just apart from them obviously being fouls. I think we just need to adjust my run-up a bit.

“It’s quite a fast track here in Bedford, I’m in good running shape so my run just needs adjusting slightly.

“I’m generally happy with my jumping.”

Ennis recently confirmed she will be competing in four events during the Olympic trials in Birmingham next month, taking part in the 100 metre hurdles and high jump on Saturday, June 23 and in the long jump and 200m the following day.

She said: “The Aviva trials is a great opportunity for me to just polish up on a few events. I’m used to doing seven events every two days, so it will be nice just to do two events on each of the days.”