THE woman who ended Jessica Ennis’ reign as world champion is already plotting how to spoil the party in London next year as well.
Tatyana Chernova claimed heptathlon gold over two days of competition in Daegu, beating the Sheffielder, who is based in Millhouses, by 129 points and moving up to ninth in the all-time rankings with a score of 6,880 points.
That is 57 more than Ennis has ever managed and confirmed the promise the Russian first showed when winning the world junior title in 2006.
Chernova had previously struggled to produce consistent results in all seven disciplines in one competition, but with that problem seemingly laid to rest, the 23-year-old has set her sights on Olympic glory in 2012.
“These two years I’ve felt stronger and feel I can do everything,” she said. “Jessica got a very good score, she prepared well for the competition. She made mistakes in two events but she had a chance to win.
“Jessica will compete at home (at the Olympics) and will have a lot of people helping her, so I need to train a lot. If I can win in Daegu I can win in the future. All sportswomen dream about Olympic gold and the world record. I will try to do everything in England.”
Ennis, who had not lost a combined event since finishing fourth in the World Championships (2007) actually beat Chernova in five of the seven events, recording personal bests in the shot and 800m and equalling it in the long jump. But a disastrous javelin throw of 39.95 metres proved to be the difference, giving Chernova an insurmountable 133-point lead going into the final discipline.
“It’s been a matter of time for Chernova,” Ennis said. “She’s always had all the components, but in the past she’s not put it all together at the big championships, but she did that in Daegu. I need to work a bit harder to make sure I can take her next year.”