Sheffield’s Jess choses safety first

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Jessica Ennis was taking no chances with her fitness today as she looks to add a European Indoor gold medal to her ever-increasing collection.

Ennis easily won the high jump at the Aviva Indoor Trials and UK Championships in her home city of Sheffield, one of four events she is scheduled to compete in this weekend.

But the 25-year-old passed on her final attempt at 1.91 metres after feeling some tightness in her ankle which she does not want to worsen ahead of next month’s European Indoors in Paris.

“It was all right jumping, it’s not my take-off leg, but I could just feel it a little towards the end so I thought there was no point pushing on and injuring myself,” said Ennis, who won the competition with a first-time clearance of 1.88m.

“I’ll get some physio on it now and see how it is. If it loosens off I’ll do everything tomorrow (long jump and 60m hurdles), but if it’s still tight... at this stage I’ve done the high jump, I’m happy with the way everything’s going.

“I’ve covered all the events going into the Europeans bar the 800m so I’m quite happy with everything and just want to stay injury-free.”

Full analysis in Monday’s Star Sport.