Athletics

Jessica Ennis-Hill was in fine form in Germany.

Jessica Ennis-Hill fires warning to Olympic rivals with big win in Germany

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Jessica Ennis-Hill fired a major warning to her Olympic rivals on Sunday by producing her best heptathlon performance since London 2012.

The 30-year-old, competing in the seven-event discipline for the first time since landing gold at last summer's World Championships, won the Stadtwerke Ratingen Mehrkampf-Meeting in Germany with a score of 6,733 points, 64 more than the tally which earned her the global title in Beijing.

Article continues below

The total, accumulated in monsoon conditions so bad they forced the final event, the 800 metres, to be delayed, was only 32 points off Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton's world-leading score.

This showing, in only her third heptathlon since London 2012, was emphatic proof that Ennis-Hill is back fit and firing after the Achilles injury she picked up over the winter, which ruled her out of the indoor season and forced her to withdraw from last month's prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis.

Indeed, with seven weeks to go before the athletics programme gets under way in Rio, the mother of one has established herself once again as a serious contender to defend her Olympic title.

Article continues below

The Sheffield athlete began the second day of competition with a major statement of intent, leaping out to 6.63m in the long jump.

It was a personal best by 12 centimetres and fully 15cm further than she jumped at the London Olympics.

She threw just short of her season's best in the javelin with 44.37m before finishing with a time of two minutes 11.46 seconds over two laps to win by 2,257 points from German Carolin Shafer of Germany.

On Saturday, also in awful weather, she had recorded her best results in the shot put (14.29m) and 200m (23.36secs) since London 2012. She also clocked 13.13s in the 100m hurdles and 1.84m in the high jump.

Denise Lewis, 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion, said on the BBC that Ennis-Hill's performance had made her favourite for gold in Rio.

"Yes, Jess has had her injury problems," she said. "Almost inevitably athletes don't pick the right decisions. With Jess Ennis-Hill, she always makes the right decisions.

"She competes when she is ready.

"The performances she has produced are testament to the decisions she does make.

"I am quietly confident about her chances (in Rio).

"For me, the most impressive thing was the long jump. The long jump for Jess has been so temperamental over the last few years.

"But this is a personal best after all the great things we have seen from her. A 6.63m personal best is outstanding. It bodes well for the future.

"At the Olympics, you have to navigate seven events and the heptathlon is not easy. But she is definitely the favourite for me."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Commonwealth Games
Olympics
Athletics

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again