Mixed bag for Ennis

26 May 2012 / 15:35

Jessica Ennis remained positive on Saturday despite a disappointing performance in the second event of the heptathlon at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis.

Ennis made the perfect start to her bid for a third straight victory in Austria with her fastest 100 metre hurdles time in a heptathlon, but then had to settle for a best of 1.85m in the high jump, 10cm down on her personal best.

The 26-year-old actually extended her lead in the overall competition to 99 points over New Zealand's Sarah Cowley, but with three of her best events on the opening day, the Sheffield athlete is well aware of the need to build a cushion over her rivals.

World champion Tatyana Chernova was 117 points behind Ennis in fourth, with Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska 208 points adrift ahead of the shot and 200m later this afternoon.

"It was a good hurdles, fastest I've run in a heptathlon, so I was pleased with that, but just so disappointed with my high jump," said Ennis, whose

"It should be way better than that so it's frustrating. Dobrynska and Chernova didn't jump too well either so there is a little positive to take from it, but I'm still disappointed.

"It just didn't happen. The headwind wasn't great, but I can't blame it on that really."