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Record-breaking display by Ennis

Jessica Ennis has answered her critics in resounding fashion by smashing the British heptathlon record of former Olympic champion Denise Lewis in Gotzis.

Ennis arrived in Austria to find herself bizarrely labelled "fat" by a senior figure at UK Athletics and having lost both her world titles in the space of seven months.

But the 26-year-old from Sheffield hit back in brilliant style to record a third straight win at the Hypo Meeting with a new personal best of 6,906 points in her only heptathlon before the London Games.

That was 75 more than the previous record of 6,831 set by Lewis in 2000, shortly before she won Olympic gold in Sydney, and makes Ennis only the eighth woman ever to score more than 6,900.

Russia's Tatyana Chernova, who took Ennis' world title in Daegu last year, was 132 points behind in second, with Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska a distant ninth almost 600 points adrift.

Ennis had been keen to play down the possibility of the record on Saturday evening, despite a personal best of 22.88 seconds in the 200m giving her a first-day total of 4,113 points, 33 ahead of her score at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010 when she set her previous PB of 6,823.

That was perhaps understandable given that poor performances in the javelin and long jump cost her the world outdoor title in Daegu last year and world indoor crown in Istanbul in March respectively, but this time there was emphatically no second-day stumble.

A delighted Ennis said: "I am so happy. To have scored what I scored, I brought the long jump back, proved my javelin's in a better state, I'm over the moon.

"It's something that's been at the back of my mind and I wanted to achieve, but I didn't want to put too much pressure on it. Now I have the record I am very, very pleased."

Speaking about losing her two world titles, Ennis added: "I've learnt from those times. I learnt what I need to do in the long jump, what I needed to do in the javelin and I've been able to rectify those events. It's been a bit of a learning curve which is good."


From Belfast Telegraph