Ennis hopes kit gives her Olympic edge

23 March 2012 / 08:46

Jessica Ennis has given Great Britain's Olympic kit the thumbs-up even if her priority is performing well rather than looking the part.

The Stella McCartney-designed team strips were unveiled on Thursday but the 26-year-old heptathlon gold medal prospect has her focus on improving her track and field performances, and if the design of the kit helps to that end it will be a bonus.

Ennis told BBC Sport: "Your main goal is to perform as well as you can, but having great kit that fits you nice, is comfortable, and that you feel really positive in, and confident in, gives you a definite edge to your performance and can help you get a little bit more out of it."

The Sheffield all-rounder lost her heptathlon world title in Daegu last August and also also had to settle for silver in the defence of her pentathlon crown at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul earlier this month.

She produced a run of fine performances in Turkey but a disappointing long jump denied her the gold medal, which went to Ukraine's Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska.

To achieve her podium top step mission this summer, Ennis cannot afford to have any weak events, and she is confident of being ready for the home Games.

She said: "I went into the World Indoors in really good shape and the aim was to go there and win the gold medal. It would have been a good position to come out of the indoor season. Unfortunately that didn't go to plan but I'm still happy with my performances - three PBs (personal bests), a national record, and a lot of positive things to take away from the event."

After years of preparation, Ennis is confident her London 2012 plans do not need a radical overhaul.

"It will just be tweaking a few things. It's really minor adjustments at the moment," she said. "I think you learn a lot from championships that don't go exactly as you want them to go. That's where you come away and fine-tune things and see the areas you need to work on ahead of the Games.

"So we'll work on those areas and keep pressing forward like we have been in the past and hope it all comes together in the summer."

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