Farah looking good but doubts remain for Ennis
July 27, 2013 18:25 pm
Mo Farah heads to the World Championships brimming with confidence but Jessica Ennis-Hill's participation remains a major doubt.
The headline acts of that famous Super Saturday reunited one year on for an encore show at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - but their fortunes were certainly contrasting.
Farah underlined his impressive form, arguably sharper than 12 months ago, with a victory over 3,000m in a 7:36.85 personal best.
But Ennis-Hill looked way off her best in only her third event since London 2012, as she continues to struggle with an Achilles injury
Ennis-Hill and Farah will forever be tied together by the bonds of that famous night last summer, a night when all that glittered really was gold and superlatives ran out or seemed utterly superfluous.
What Ennis-Hill would give for a bit of Super Saturday magic now, as her bid to regain her world heptathlon title continues to look shaky.
She safely negotiated her first hurdles race in nearly a year - though her 13.08 sec time was well below her best - and jumped 6.16 metre in the long jump.
By way of comparison, she clocked 12.54 secs and jumped 6.48m at last year's Olympics. The girl from the Steel City is made of tough stuff but this was fragile form.
Ennis-Hill expects to have one more competition, at a UK Women's League meeting next weekend, before making her final decision about Moscow.
"I always want to be at my best and I’m obviously not at my best at the moment," she admitted.
"It’s great to be here, I’m so glad I competed and got to experience this whole crowd again but I’m definitely not where I would like to be.
"It’s definitely getting better which is a good thing and I just need to see how it is tomorrow but then it’s that difficult decision of deciding whether I’m ready enough.
"It’s a real dilemma, I hate making decisions as well so I think I’m going to have to sit down with my coach and see what’s best."
Meanwhile, Farah's biggest problem seems to be coping with the expectation that it's a formality he will add double world gold to his Olympic 5000m and 10000m titles.
"You saw what happened in Daegu, I was the favourite and I’d never heard of Ibrahim Jeilan but I got beat in the 10000m, so anything can happen," he said.
"Every race you race everyone knows what you are capable of – you’re a marked man with an x on your back.
"But it’s good for the sport and it’s what it needs. I’ve learned a lot from Usain Bolt, the way he comes out, breaks records and stays relaxed."
Meanwhile, Christine Ohuruogu, a proven championship performer, is also hitting form at the right time after clocking a 50.00 second season's best to win the 400m at the IAAF Diamond League event.
"I ticked the box but there is a lot of hard work before the World Championships," she said.
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