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ENNIS-HILL ON FORM

THE OLYMPIC HEPTATHLON CHAMPION WINS THE HURDLES, SHOT PUT AND JAVELIN, WHILE ALSO POSTING A GOOD 200M TIME

CHAMPIONS are made when no one is watching, in the hours away from the packed stadium and cheering crowds.

Jessica Ennis-Hill threw her final shot and stepped outside the circle with just a dozen family and friends plus athletics anoraks in a distant corner of the stadium.

She had earlier won the competition with a good 14.02m, which was her best since 2012. The announcer stated that that was the final throw of the day and the small crowd quietly dispersed.

After missing Gotzis, Ennis-Hill showed her ability in Manchester
DAVID HEWITSON

On this form, Ennis-Hill’s first multi-event competition will be worth watching in Ratingen, Germany on June 25.

Earlier, she shared an umbrella with one of her fellow competitors. This scene could not have been any further from what the defending heptathlon champion can expect in the Rio in August.

Jessica Ennis-Hill: showed good form ahead of Olympic defence

Sheffield’s finest competed in four events, much to the appreciation of her fellow competitors and the hardy spectators. Her hurdles victory in 13.10 (-1.5m/sec) ahead of Alicia Barrett (13.84), who also won the under-20 100m in 11.98, represented a championship best.

The time was even more impressive as the race was run when the rain was almost monsoon-like, so much so that the later ambulant 100m race was delayed due to the potential for an accident with “blade-runners” competing.

On day two, she returned again in the heats of the 200m. Ennis-Hill clearly meant business, recording a swift 23.42. This represented her only appearance over the halflap, as she scratched from the final as planned later in the day.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 MARQUISE GOODWIN The American footballer spending the offseason shooting for Olympic long jump glory SPOTLIGHT 16 GENEVA MARATHON Why ‘fast is beautiful’ in the Swiss city 24 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? World long jump champion Fiona May 28 NOSTALGIA Going back 80 years to the first visit to the UK of legend Fanny Blankers-Koen NEWS 6 Georgina Hermitage among GB IPC winners 9 Ross Millington on making the Rio team 11 Russian trio announced as dopers STATISTICS 30 ROAD TO RIO The in-depth history of the men’s relays at the Olympic Games PERFORMANCE 38 Sports science news 40 Athlete Insight – Sophie Hitchon 42 How music can boost your running 44 Product reviews – sports earphones TALKING POINT 20 Peter Hewkin on how athletics can play to its strengths more ACTION 46 OSLO DIAMOND LEAGUE Dafne Schippers goes sub-22, while Laura Muir sets Scottish mile record 50 MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Elliott Powell impresses with sprint double 52 NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Jessica Ennis-Hill tackles four events 56 SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Taylor Campbell on form in the hammer RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results – Usain Bolt runs 9.88 in Jamaica 73 Stockholm Diamond League and EA U23/U20 Championships previews 75 Comprehensive fixtures guide REGULARS 36 YOUNG ATHLETE 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH