Jessica Ennis was happy with her performance on day one of the UK Trials and Championships as she builds up to the defence of her world indoor pentathlon title next month. The 26-year-old started the day with well-deserved success in the high jump. She then threw 14.09m in the shot put, which placed her sixth, but still exceeded her target for the event. “When you have someone there in a real clash, it makes you raise your game. It was a good competition”
“I’m really happy. It was my first high jump competition of the indoor season and it felt comfortable,” Ennis said. Competing on well-known territory at the two-day event held at the English Institute of Sport, where she trains in her home city of Sheffield, the previous outdoor world heptathlon champion cleared her initial three heights at the first attempt, but needed two attempts to clear both 1.85m and 1.87m.
She took three attempts to clear 1.89m and found herself trailing Emma Perkins, who set a new individual best when she cleared the same height first time. But Ennis then dug deep to clear 1.91m at the first attempt to seal success and equal her best jump of 2011. Ennis added: “It’s nice to start off jumping in the 90s because that’s what I need to do in the pentathlon or heptathlon, so it’s promising for the rest of the year.”
She also paid honor to Perkins’s performance, adding: “You always want to jump as high as you can for yourself, but when you have someone there in a real battle it makes you raise your game. “It was a good contest because it puts you under pressure when you have to clear heights at the third attempt. “You worry a bit, because you don’t want to go out at that height and I really wanted to jump in the 1.90s, but you have to get yourself together and re-focus.” Her 14.09m in the shot put was some way down on Ennis’s personal best of 14.67m, but she was happy after setting herself the target of throwing more than 14m.