Sheffield’s Jess Ennis eyes switch after world revenge mission

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JESS Ennis’ transition from heptathlon to hurdles might be on ice but she’s adamant that when she does make the switch it won’t be long until she’s winning major medals all over again.

Ennis kicked off her Olympic gold-medal winning heptathlon campaign at London with a 100m hurdles new British record of 12.54seconds. From that point forward there was no looking back.

But of her seven events it was the hurdles that really caught the eye – Ennis’ time would have won her individual gold at Beijing 2008. And, having won almost everything in the heptathlon, an event tough on the body, a switch to hurdles would appear the smart move for the 26-year-old.

Yet the 100m hurdles will be no cakewalk for Ennis with reigning world/ Olympic champion Sally Pearson herself only 26 and with a personal best that is nearly three tenths quicker.

“It’s a huge decision to just switch events, it’s not something I’d do lightly, but I really do want to give hurdles a go at some stage,” said Ennis .

“It’s something that I hope can prolong my career and my time in London was very fast. That definitely gives me confidence because there’s no way I would move from heptathlon to an event where I had no chance of making semi-finals and finals.There’s no way I would settle for a drop in level. I like to think that I can run that time again, or even faster, considering if I put all my training into one event.

“The run in London was smooth, fast, it was perfect and I couldn’t believe the time but that was down to it being competitive. Normally in the hurdles event in the heptathlon I’m a long way clear and it’s just me against the clock but if you have someone pushing you it helps drive your legs on. Hopefully that will be the case in the individual event.”

Ennis’ next priority is Moscow’s 2013 World Championships. The Sheffielder wants to reclaim the world heptathlon title wrenched from her in 2011. “I’m under no illusions about how difficult that’s going to be,” added Ennis. “I was disappointed to lose my gold. I kept saying ‘it’s all about London’ and that helped me through it. But deep down I was upset.”

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