Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but Jessica Ennis intends to use them as stepping stones to winning another world heptathlon title.
The Olympic gold medallist from last summer’s Games in London will take part inseveral Diamond League events before the World Championships in Moscow in August but insists they are little more than preparation for her battle with Russia’s Tatyana Chernova.
Ennis told The Star that her mind is focused solely on the heptathlon despite being one of the world’s top 100 metre hurdlers - the event she’s likely to comepete in at Diamond League meetings. She said: “Everything (training and events are for Moscow). Just the same as any other year everything is for the major championships in the summer.
“All the competitions before that are just to prepare for it.”
While Ennis cruised to Olmpic gold in London she does have a score to settle with Chernova, who won the last Worl d Championship in 2011.
Both the 27-year-old and her coach Toni Minichiello are keen correct anyone who suggests that Chernova took Ennis’s world title - the Dore-based athlete won the crown in Berlin in 2009.
Unlike, say, boxing the title is won at a particular championship rather than passed on.
However, there’s no doubt that the Russian, who won bronze in the capital will be one of Ennis’s major rivals alongside silver medallist Lilli Schwarzkopf of Germany.
Ennis is also keen to play down talk of a rivalry.
She said: “People like to make it a rivalry. Everyone loves a great rivalry but we’re both highly competitive like everybody else in the heptathlon and we want to win and do well. There’s always a rivalry but it’s not intense.”
Ennis hasn’t had an indoor season this year but is working hard in training before her first heptathlon of 2013 in Estonia. She said: “It is like being at a different stage (to 2012), but having said that I’m doing the same training, the same routine.”
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