JESSICA Ennis finished with a silver medal at the World Indoor Championsip pentathlon in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 26-year-old from Sheffield lost to Ukrainian Olympic gold medallist Nataliya Dobrynska despite breaking the British record for the event.
Ennis was left with a mountain to climb after a poor long jump but responded superbly in the 800 metres to beat Dobrynska by three seconds.
However it wasn’t enough and her attention will now turn to the outdoor season, which will culminate at the Olympic Games in London in July.
Ennis had led by 10 points after the 60 metre hurdles, high jump and shot on Friday morning, but then dropped to third following a sub-par performance in the long jump.
Jumps of 6.19m and 6.18m were followed by a foul in the final round to leave Ennis 93 points behind Ukraine’s Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska - who won the long jump with 6.57m - with Austra Skujyte six points ahead of Ennis in second.
That left Ennis needing to beat Dobrynska by around seven seconds in the final event.
Ennis had made an ideal start with victory in the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.91 seconds - her second fastest ever - but was disappointed to clear only 1.87m in the high jump.
A personal best of 14.79m in the shot kept her in the lead after the morning session, but a poor long jump left the 26-year-old with an uphill battle to avoid a second straight defeat after losing her world outdoor title last September.