SHEFFIELD’S Jessica Ennis is the Olympics Games heptathlon champion, writes Richard Fidler from the Olympic Stadium.
Ennis took a massive 188-point lead into the final event the evening, the 800 metres, and won the race in 2.08.85 to follow in the footsteps of fellow Briton Denise Lewis, who won the title in Sydney in 2000.
She said: “I am so shocked I can’t believe it. After javelin, I didn’t let myself believe it. After all the hard work and disappointment of Beijing, everyone has supported me so much. They said ‘go for another four years’, I’ve done that.”
“I’m going to savour the moment. I’ve had great support, although I have been under a huge amount of pressure.”
“The crowd helped me and I can’t believe I’ve done it.
“I can’t believe that I’ve had the opportunity to come to my first Games in London and win an Olympic medal.
“Massive relief, it’s so hard getting through a heptathlon, it’s such a hard event. But to come into this event with all that pressure and everyone saying you’re going to win gold and I know how hard it has been to win it and I can’t believe I’ve done it.
“I was really nervous I felt really emotional after the javelin because it was so close and I wanted to make sure I finished the job off properly and not get carried away.
“I think the crowd supported me so much thought I’d give a little bit back and leave it all on the track.
“I want to see my family, relax and all that pressure is off me now!”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prime Minister David Cameron and Olympics supremo Lord Coe for the second evening of action in the stadium.
William, wearing a red cap, and Kate, in navy blue, have been strong supporters of the Games showed fervent support for the 26-year-old from Sheffield.
Earlier, in what were widely expected to be two of the toughest rounds of the contest for Ennis, Britain’s golden girl put in a 6.48m long jump, making her just one of two athletes to earn more than 1,000 points in the sandpit.
Ennis went on to throw a personal best of 47.49m in the javelin as her success continued.
It came after she built up a 184 point-lead on a phenomenal first day of action in the stadium yesterday, setting a British record in the 100m hurdles, a personal best in the 200m, and a clearance of 1.86m in the high jump.
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