Ennis in pole position for gold
August 4, 2012 15:13 pm
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis stands just 800 metres away from Olympic heptathlon gold after she continued to dominate the competition at London 2012.
Ennis will take a massive 188-point lead into the final event this evening and only an unexpected injury setback realistically could prevent her following in the footsteps of fellow Briton Denise Lewis, who won the title in Sydney in 2000.
If Ennis runs a time of around two minutes 10 seconds in the 800m, nearest challenger Austra Skujyte of Lithuania would need to clock close to 1min 57secs to win, a time which would be good enough to get in the Olympic individual final.
Skujyte's personal best of 2:15.92 was set in the Athens Olympics in 2004, while Ennis set hers of 2:07.81 on the way to silver at the World Championships in Daegu last year.
Ennis could even become only the fourth woman in history to score 7,000 points with a run of 2:05.69 tonight, while equalling her personal best would give her 6,968 and fifth place on the all-time standings.
However, such achievements will be secondary to simply making sure of victory, four years after the 26-year-old was forced to watch the Beijing Games on television after suffering a career-threatening foot injury.
She said: "To have got a solid jump in and a PB in the javelin is more than I could have asked for. It's a great way to go into the 800 so I just want to go back and rest a bit and see what I've got left in my legs."
In the pole vault qualifying, Britain's Holly Bleasdale erased the memories of her failure at last year's World Championships by reaching the final, but team-mate Kate Dennison was undergoing a scan on a wrist injury after a nasty fall during qualifying.
Bleasdale and world record holder Yelena Isinbaeva were among the 12 qualifiers to clear 4.55m after Dennison went out at 4.40m, the former British record holder crashing to the track on her final attempt after appearing to twist her ankle as she went to plant her pole.
There was disappointment for British duo Barbara Parker and Eilish McColgan in the 3,000m steeplechase as they both failed to reach the final.