Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis says she is hoping to fine tune her preparations ahead of her quest for World Championship gold in Moscow later this year.

Ennis - aiming to add to the gold medal she won at the World Championships in 2009 - says she will use all her events in the lead up to Moscow in August to get in the right shape in order to beat off challenges from the likes of Russian rival Tatyana Chernova.

“Everything (training and events are for Moscow), she told The Star. "Just the same as any other year everything is for the major championships in the summer.

“All the competitions before that are just to prepare for it.”

Ennis created history as she claimed gold on home soil at the Olympic games last summer, setting a new national record points tally in the process.

The scene is set for a showdown between the Sheffield-based athlete and Chernova, who won bronze in London and is the reigning World Champion.

However Ennis was keen to play down the rivalry between the pair, with the likes of Lilli Schwarzkopf and compatriot Katarina Johnson-Thompson hoping to make an impact this season.

“People like to make it a rivalry," Ennis explained. "Everyone loves a great rivalry but we’re both highly competitive like everybody else in the heptathlon and we want to win and do well. There’s always a rivalry but it’s not intense.”

The 27-year-old added of her preparations in comparison to her Olympic gold-winning year:  “It is like being at a different stage, but having said that I’m doing the same training, the same routine.”

The first Diamond League event of the season gets underway later this week in Doha, while Ennis' first heptathlon comes in Estonia later this year.

 

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