Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill targets major Austrian points haul

Jessica Ennis-Hill in the long jump during the Loughborough International this month
Jessica Ennis-Hill in the long jump during the Loughborough International this month
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Olympic champions don’t get wild cards to defend their title, so Jessica Ennis-Hill needs 6200 points to qualify for the Olympic heptathlon next year.

That’s her target at Austria this weekend. Childs-play compared with her Olympic score of 6955? Perhaps not, having given birth and not having even competed in four of the seven events since her Olympic success. So what are her prospects?

The first event is the 100 Hurdles. It is Jess’s best event and she should clock 13 seconds which would give her 1,124 pts. The high jump is next. Her best of 1.95, was set back in 2007. A more modest 1.80 in Gotzis would get her 978 pts.

The shot is next. Although likely to be rusty, she should certainly achieve 13.50 which would give her 761 pts. The first day ends with the 200 metres, a spectacular success in London for Ennis-Hill with 22.83. A time in the region of 23.50 this weekend would give her 1029 pts.

The second day starts with the long jump. A 6.20 (her PB is 6.54) would give her 912. If she is going to set a PB in Gotzis, the javelin could be the event. 44 metres would give her 745 points.

Ennis-Hill’s least favourite event is the 800 metres. Her best is 2:07.81. Hopefully, she won’t need to run that sort of time to reach her target but even 2:15 would give her 893 pts. So, putting together this sort of performance, and assuming her achilles tendons stand up to two days of tough competition, she could come home with 6440 pts and Olympic qualifying assured.

The second round of the UK Youth Development League takes place tomorrow.

City of Sheffield are at Preston for the Northern Premier 1 division where they are in third place. Doncaster AC host Premier 2. Here Chesterfield are second behind Gateshead with Doncaster in sixth place.

Rotherham lead division East 1 with Hallamshire third. This match is at Woodbourn Road.