Olympic24: London return for Ennis-Hill, Froome impresses

Olympic24: London return for Ennis-Hill, Froome impresses

15 July 2015 / 08:53

Jessica Ennis-Hill aims to use the Anniversary Games to firm up her plans for this year's World Championships while Chris Froome strengthens his claim for this year's Tour de France yellow jersey. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill to take part in 100m hurdles, long jump and 200m at London's Olympic Stadium on July 24 and 25
  • Chris Froome produces stunning ride to take victory on stage ten and extend lead in Tour de France
  • Mental gains key to Isobel Pooley's form ahead of World Championships

Ennis-Hill to decide on Worlds after Anniversary Games 

Jessica Ennis-Hill will take another step on her journey back to the very top when she lines up for the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium.

It has been two years since Ennis-Hill last competed at a Diamond League event, although that will change a week on Friday when the Olympic heptathlon champion competes in the 100m hurdles.

She will then return on Sunday for the long jump and 200m as she builds up her preparations for next month's World Championships.

"I'm really excited to be competing on both days at the Anniversary Games," she told British Athletics.

“The events will be tough with great international and domestic fields, but I need to find out if I will be ready for Beijing and then ultimately Rio.

"I am really looking forward to competing in the Olympic Stadium again and I hope the British fans will turn out to support me and the other athletes, on what I’m sure will be another incredible night of athletics."

Froome in pole position after memorable win on stage ten of Tour

Chris Froome produced a memorable ride on stage ten of the Tour de France as he stormed to a Bastille Day victory and tightened his grip on the yellow jersey.

On the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour Froome – ably assisted by Team Sky colleagues Geraint Thomas and Australian Richie Porte – made an emphatic statement of intent on La Pierre St Martin.

Froome crossed the line in 4:22.07 – 59 seconds ahead of Porte in second and opened a 2:52 minute gap on American Tejay van Garderen in the general classification.

 “I’m lost for words, that was unbelievable,” he said.

“It was textbook from the team, the guys just rode such a good race, I’m just over the moon to be given the opportunity to finish it off for them.” Read more here.

Pooley in positive mind frame ahead of Beijing

Isobel Pooley admits she has been breaking down the mental barriers that have blocked her progress and she is now ready to make history.

The high jumper had a disappointing start to the season as she saw her British record fall to Katarina Johnson-Thompson before an underwhelming performance at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

But the outdoor season has brought with it renewed optimism and Pooley produced a leap of 1.97m at the British Championships to equal the record she lost earlier in the year.

"I just wondered how on earth I could be sabotaging myself to that degree and I had to get to the bottom of it," she told British Athletics ahead of the World Championships.

"I was so physically capable but mentally crippled.

"This season has been a gradual removal of the obstacles and barriers that needn't ever exist.

"I have to visualise what it’s like to do the jump before I do it."

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