Ennis on course for record display

27 May 2012 / 12:04

Jessica Ennis remains on course to break the British record of former Olympic champion Denise Lewis after an excellent start to the second day of the heptathlon in Gotzis.

Ennis collected 4,113 points from the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot and 200m on day one, just 11 behind her best first-day total set when winning the world title in Berlin in 2009, but 33 ahead of her total at the European Championships the following year. On that occasion she went on to set her personal best of 6,823, eight points shy of Lewis's record.

And after equalling her personal best of 6.51m in the long jump on Sunday morning, the 26-year-old now just needs good performances in the javelin and 800m to claim the national record.

Ennis jumped a solid 6.23m in the first round before a foul in the second, but saved the best till last with a third-round leap which was good enough to win the competition outright.

That extended her overall lead to 251 points over Russia's Tatyana Chernova - who took Ennis's world title in Daegu last year - with Holland's Dafne Schippers in third.