Jessica Ennis has a “dress rehearsal” for the World Heptathlon Championship when she competes in five events at the UK Championships Trials at Birmingham this weekend.
The Sheffield star enters the hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot and javelin.
She leads this year’s UK high jump rankings with 1.91 (her all time best: 1.95) and should add to her three titles in this event. She’s also won the hurdles title twice but must pull out all the stops this time. Tiffany Ofili-Porter set a UK record of 12.60 in Monaco recently and starts favourite but Ennis will welcome the challenge and could beat her best of 12.81.
The long jump is an event where Ennis has room for improvement in distance and consistency and she should certainly challenge for a medal. It will be a good opportunity to beat her best of 6.51 set last year although she has a wind assisted 6.54 to her credit back in 2007.
The other two events are Ennis’s weakest, the shot and javelin, both of which have improved over the years. In the javelin, where she has thrown 46.71, she could approach the 50m mark. One of her opponents is Sheffield team mate Tesni Ward. The shot could also see Ennis challenge her best of 14.61.
n Ennis’s timetable:
Today: 2.45 Shot, 3:50 Hurdles heats, 5:00 High Jump, 7:05 Hurdles final.
Tomorrow 3:45 Long Jump, 6:30 Javelin.