Ennis concern over long jump
Jessica Ennis competes in the long jump at the trials in Birmingham
Jessica Ennis admits she needs to make changes to her long jump six weeks before she competes in the heptathlon at the Olympics after an error-strewn performance at the trials in Birmingham.
Ennis fouled three times and ran through twice as she struggled to get her run-up right at the Alexander Stadium. Her only clear jump of 6.27 metres saw her finish sixth, after impressive victories in the high jump and 100m hurdles on Saturday.
On her last long jump display in Bedford earlier this month, four of her jumps were fouls, meaning she has now fouled seven of her last 12 jumps, plus run through twice.
The 26-year-old said: "I don't know (what's wrong with the run-up). It was just not there, the rhythm was not right. It needs changing a bit because I'm just not comfortable. I don't know if I'm running quicker or a bit stronger, the runway's not suiting me at the moment.
"Generally when I jump I'm normally behind the board, I take off a lot behind the board. The last few competitions I've done a lot of no jumps which I don't normally do. I think it's definitely to do with my rhythm and the way I'm attacking the board. We've just got to go away and work on it a bit."
The Sheffield athlete has a best this year in the long jump of 6.51m, a personal best, set when she broke the British heptathlon record in Gotzis with a world-leading points total last month.
And she insists he recent struggles are not a worry.
"I don't think it's a major worry," she added. "Obviously I would have loved to compete better, but it's just another competition to show what I need to work on.
"I feel in good shape and everything's going well so it's just something that needs a bit more work.
"I'm planning to jump at Loughborough (on July 7) so I'll have another long jump which is good."