Jess begins defence of world title at home

Athletics: Results and reports.
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GOLDEN girl Jessica Ennis will make her last appearance in Sheffield before the Olympic Games next summer in February at the UK Indoor Championship.

Ennis, aged 25, has confirmed she will be defending her World indoor Pentathlon title in March, which means she will take part in the UK Championships and Trials at the English Institute of Sport.

The World Indoors in Istanbul, Turkey, will be a major part of her 2012 season in the lead-in to the London Games.

Ennis’s victory two years ago in Doha was among the most memorable moments from the last edition of the World Indoor Championships.

With three personal bests, she totalled a tally of 4,937 points which elevated her to third all-time behind World indoor record holder Irina Belova (4,991) and Swede Carolina Kluft (4,948).

The IAAF will extend invitations to the three best athletes from the 2011 outdoor list in the heptathlon, which could set up a rematch with Russian Tatyana Chernova, who succeeded the Millhouses-based Ennis as World champion in Daegu, and Germany’s Jennifer Oeser, the bronze medallist.

Ennis also plans to appear at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix in February.

Her first outdoor Heptathlon will be in May at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Gotzis, Austria, where she won last year.