Updated: 05/08/2012 11:46 | By pa.press.net

Ennis takes heptathlon gold



Jessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medal

Jessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medal

Jessica Ennis has lived up to her billing as Britain's golden girl with a commanding victory in the Olympic heptathlon at London 2012.

Three personal bests in the previous six events meant Ennis went into the final discipline, the 800m, with a commanding 188-point lead that equated to a 13-second advantage over Lithuania's Austra Skujyte.

A run of two minutes 5.69 seconds would have seen her become only the fourth woman in history to score 7,000 points, and even though there was no need for such heroics, the 26-year-old athlete from Sheffield blasted through the opening lap on her way to victory in 2:08.65.

That time was outside her personal best but still enough for a new overall PB of 6,955 points to improve on the national record of 6,906 she set earlier this year.

Russia's Tatyana Chernova, who took Ennis's world title last year, claimed silver a distant 327 points behind, with Ukraine's Lyudmyla Yosypenko taking bronze a further 10 points back.

Ennis, who follows in the footsteps of 2000 champion Denise Lewis, had fittingly ignited the athletics programme with a sensational performance in the opening discipline on Friday morning, her 100m hurdles time of 12.54s not only a British record and personal best but also the same as that which won individual gold in Beijing.

A high jump of 1.86m was marginally disappointing and she briefly lost the lead following Skujyte's heptathlon world best of 17.31m in the shot, but another personal best of 22.83s in the 200m gave Ennis her biggest first-day score of 4,158 points and a lead of 184.

The second day brought an excellent 6.48m in the long jump - a source of concern over no-jumps just six weeks earlier - before yet another personal best of 47.49m in the javelin effectively sealed the win.

An emotional Ennis told the BBC: "I'm so happy. I'm so shocked, I can't believe it."

As she struggled to hold back tears, she added: "All the hard work, and the disappointment of Beijing, everyone's supported me so much. I just had to give it everything I'd got. I thought I've only got one moment to do this in front of a home crowd like this in London, and I just wanted to make sure I gave them a show."

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04/08/2012 22:40
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Poster girl or not, Jess proves that dedication carries rewards. Even her " failures" were results!

Come on Team GB, more like this.

Can Andy Murray do the double?

04/08/2012 22:37
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Brilliant perfomance - Inspiring to spectators . Well done

04/08/2012 23:00
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jess, you were so brilliant, words fail me, so very well done,. mark southampton.
04/08/2012 23:12
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Congratulations to Jessie and all the British Olympic athletes on doing us proud! :)
04/08/2012 22:53
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You made Great Britain proud Jess, even I'm happy tonight :D Damn it even the Scott's will be proud to be British tonight!!!  Best night of sport in a long long time WuhoOOO!!!! :D

Well done Mo and the rest of the GB squad today you were simply the best!  Absolutely bloomin marvelous! WuHooOOO Hoot HoOT! C:

04/08/2012 22:56
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Jess your the best no 1 keep up the the good work
04/08/2012 23:07
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Well done Jess, you are simply:  " THE BEST "
04/08/2012 23:12
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What a brilliant performance. Jessica Ennis always looks so happy in what she does. A fantastic sportswoman.

04/08/2012 23:11
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well done jess , talented , brilliantly athletic and very good looking with a great figure to match, is there anything jess hasnt got or cant do, very very well done and great britain love ya.......
04/08/2012 23:04
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You are brilliant. A true inspiration to all young people who are interested in sport
04/08/2012 23:12
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you are a superstar jess....makes me proud to be british.....very well done....bet your family are so proud of you....****
04/08/2012 23:18
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Jessica you have certainly worked hard and truly deserve your gold medal.  Absolutely fantastic, it brought tears to my eyes to see you cross the line.  Very well done!!!
04/08/2012 23:23
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one of the best performance in british heptathlon histrory i think  she deserves that dame hood coming her way
04/08/2012 23:25
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seen people get more for nothing she deserves every accolade she gets
04/08/2012 23:21
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TO "SOMEONE (TRIED ITMORE THAN ONCE)" WHY DON'T YOU GO EAT YOUR OWN ****, YOU MISERABLE ****.
04/08/2012 23:29
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after all the hype of all top name athletes nice to see new names coming through half i have not heard of keep it up do us proud
04/08/2012 23:31
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what a fantastic night and games for our country.i am so proud to be british.myself and my wife were watching tonight with tears in our eyes.from a proud brit[scotsman]

 

04/08/2012 23:28
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Fantastic Jess. Absolutely fantastic. You made yourself and Britain proud. Im proud to be British!!!!

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Ennis takes heptathlon goldJessica Ennis has lived up to her billing as Britain's golden girl with a commanding victory in the Olympic heptathlon at London 2012.pa.press.net2012-08-05T11:46:412012-08-05T11:46:41Jessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has lived up to her billing as Britain's golden girl with a commanding victory in the Olympic heptathlon at London 2012.Three personal bests in the previous six events meant Ennis went into the final discipline, the 800m, with a commanding 188-point lead that equated to a 13-second advantage over Lithuania's Austra Skujyte.A run of two minutes 5.69 seconds would have seen her become only the fourth woman in history to score 7,000 points, and even though there was no need for such heroics, the 26-year-old athlete from Sheffield blasted through the opening lap on her way to victory in 2:08.65.That time was outside her personal best but still enough for a new overall PB of 6,955 points to improve on the national record of 6,906 she set earlier this year.Russia's Tatyana Chernova, who took Ennis's world title last year, claimed silver a distant 327 points behind, with Ukraine's Lyudmyla Yosypenko taking bronze a further 10 points back.Ennis, who follows in the footsteps of 2000 champion Denise Lewis, had fittingly ignited the athletics programme with a sensational performance in the opening discipline on Friday morning, her 100m hurdles time of 12.54s not only a British record and personal best but also the same as that which won individual gold in Beijing.A high jump of 1.86m was marginally disappointing and she briefly lost the lead following Skujyte's heptathlon world best of 17.31m in the shot, but another personal best of 22.83s in the 200m gave Ennis her biggest first-day score of 4,158 points and a lead of 184.The second day brought an excellent 6.48m in the long jump - a source of concern over no-jumps just six weeks earlier - before yet another personal best of 47.49m in the javelin effectively sealed the win.An emotional Ennis told the BBC: "I'm so happy. I'm so shocked, I can't believe it."As she struggled to hold back tears, she added: "All the hard work, and the disappointment of Beijing, everyone's supported me so much. I just had to give it everything I'd got. I thought I've only got one moment to do this in front of a home crowd like this in London, and I just wanted to make sure I gave them a show."seo_keywordsOLY Heptathlon Ennis Sa21Jessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medalJessica Ennis has won her first Olympic gold medal

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