Monday, August 17, 2009

Gold Rush

Jessica Ennis wins magical heptathlon gold on great night for British athletics in Berlin
By Nick Metcalfe (courtesy of
Jessica Ennis is the toast of British sport after magnificently winning the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
The 23-year-old led from start to finish and completed her victory with a glorious run in the 800m. Ennis finished with 6,731 points, beating Germany's Jennifer Oeser by 238 points, with Poland's Kamila Chudzik a further 22 points adrift in third.
Glory night: Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates her heptathlon victory in Berlin Ennis led by 307 points overnight after superbly winning three of the four disciplines on the opening day - the 100 metre hurdles, high jump and 200m - and also setting a personal best in the shot. Final charge: Ennis crosses the finish line to win the 800m
She saw her lead cut twice on Sunday, firstly in the long jump where she jumped 6.29m, and then later in the javelin, where she threw 43.54m. But Ennis still had plenty of points in hand for the final event round two laps of the track. It was a particular splending performance considering it was only her second heptathlon since a triple stress fracture to her right foot ruled Ennis out of last summer's Beijing Olympics.
She said: 'It's been the longest two days of my life, but the best two days. 'I'm the world champion, I feel like crying. I've dreamt so many times about winning medals and doing that lap of honour, and it's the best feeling in the world 'I was at such a low point last year and to come back like this is amazing.'

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