Ennis faces trials challenge

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World and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will compete in FIVE individual disciplines at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships.

While the 25-year-old will contest the high jump and 100m hurdles – the disciplines she won back in 2009 when she last competed at the Trials – she will also line up in the long jump, shot put and javelin. Ennis’ first national title was the hurdles in 2007, but this year she must contend with Tiffany Ofili-Porter, who only two months ago broke the 15-year-old British record with a season’s best 12.77secs.

The City of Sheffield athlete hopes a good performance at Birmingham (July 29-31) could set her on her way to World Championships glory in Daegu next month.

She said: “The World Championships are really important. A lot of the public are thinking only of 2012 at this stage, but this comes first for us athletes and it’s important we take it one meet at a time. Of course I’ll be hoping for a good result, it’s only one year to go until 2012 so I want to go out to Daegu and come back feeling pleased with my performance and with confidence. I’m feeling really happy and confident in myself, I feel fit and healthy and that’s really key at this time of year.”