Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis will write her name in history this weekend.
That’s a definite in my book.
She stands on the threshold of Olympic immortality.
All the preview stories have been written, the adverts, interviews and endorsements done. Now our golden girl will show her mettle.
Why am I so confident Sheffield will be celebrating a new Olympic champion? Because Jessica Ennis is simply the best athlete in the competition.
The others, including reigning Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska and world champion Tatyana Chernova, can all beat her, but they have to be at their peak and Jess has to be slightly under par.
Jess is not superhuman. Although she is in the shape of her life, -she needs to take her recent form and put it all together over the next two days. But she will. She’s mentally as tough as physically she’s strong.
She has stability. Mum Alison, dad Vinnie, fiancé Andy, coach Toni Minichiello and the fitness staff at the English Institute of Sport have been consistent support. No Phillips Idowu type breakdowns for our Jess.
Home advantage will count too. When she takes to the track this morning for the 100-metre hurdles it will be the loudest roar of a very noisy Games.
A good start in the hurdles and a strong high jump will put her in the lead. By the end of today after the shot put and 200m this afternoon she’ll know exactly how far she has to jump in the long jump tomorrow morning and how far to throw the javelin later on.
The last event, the 800m, will be the most fun she’s ever had on the track.
I can remember talking to her about a home Olympics in the months before London had even been awarded the Games. The thought back then inspired her.
Since then Jess has been world champion, European champion, British record holder, fashion icon and one of the most Googled sports stars in the world.
The only thing that has changed about her is that her list of achievements gets longer after every season.
A new one will be added over the next 48 hours.
The moment has arrived.
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