ATHLETICS: Steady final test for Ennis

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Jessica Ennis had slightly disappointing performances in the long jump and javelin in her final competition before the Olympics at the low-key LEAP meeting in Loughborough on Saturday.

The heptathlete managed just 6.21 metres in the long jump, good enough to win but down on her best this year of 6.51m. The 26-year-old struggled with her long jump on her previous outing at the Olympic trials in Birmingham last month, fouling three times and running through twice in six jumps and admitted afterwards she need to make changes to her run-up.

Ennis followed up today’s performance with 44.73m for fourth place in the javelin. That is her weakest event, but she has thrown 47.11m this year.

The Sheffield athlete is favourite for Olympic gold in the heptathlon this summer, which takes place over two days, August 3-4.