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Jessica Ennis’s coach Toni Minichiello said her performance on Thursday in the 100 metre hurdles at Loughborough was the “perfect confidence boost” as she prepares to defend her world heptathlon title in South Korea.

Ennis won the race in 12.79 seconds, beating her previous best by two one hundreths of a second. It also betters the 1996 Olympic Games time of Barnsley’s Angie Thorp - which was the previous fastest by a home-grown British athlete.