Ennis on form in Bedford
June 10, 2012 19:05 pm
Jessica Ennis continued her preparations for this summer's Olympics with victory in the long jump at the Bedford International Games on Sunday.
The European heptathlon champion jumped 6.40 metres to take the triumph just ahead of Dominique Blaize (6.39m)
The 26-year-old Ennis, who broke the British heptathlon record in Gotzis recently, also competed in the javelin, where she threw 46.34m to finish eighth in an event won by Laura Whittingham (54.25).
Ennis was pleased with her day's work, telling Sky Sports News: "I think it's been a great day. I was very happy to get a 6.40 in the long jump. I had a few no-jumps, but very happy with the way my jumping is going at the moment and then in the javelin I had a good solid throw, which is what I need within the heptathlon, so it's been a good day."
Ennis recently confirmed she will be competing in four events during the Olympic trials in Birmingham next month, taking part in the100 metre hurdles and high jump on Saturday, June 23 and in the long jump and 200m the following day.
The 2009 heptathlon world champion said of that: "The Aviva trials is a great opportunity for me to just polish up on a few events. I'm used to doing seven events every two days, so it will be nice just to do two events on each of the days."
Perri Shakes-Drayton, meanwhile, recorded a personal best in winning the 400 metres. Shakes-Drayton, a member of Great Britain's gold-medal winning 4x400m team at the World Indoor Championships earlier this year, recorded a time of 51.26 seconds to take victory ahead of Joanne Cuddihy (51.78).
In the men's event, James Ellington won a 100m and 200m double, recording times of 10.47secs and 21.14, respectively.
Mervyn Luckwell was a convincing winner in the javelin with his opening throw of 80.81 metres almost eight metres further than the best effort by second-placed Joseph Dunderdale (72.84), with Richard Shuttleworth third (72.19).
Abdul Buhari won the discus with a throw of 60.14, while Tom Parsons was victorious in the high jump with 2.23m.
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