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Jessica Ennis

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Jessica Ennis, born 28 January 1986 in Sheffield, England is a track and field athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100m hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current European and former World heptathlon champion and is the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is the current British national record holder for both the heptathlon and the indoor pentathlon. Ennis took part in athletics from a young age. She competed in the high jump and pentathlon at the English Schools AAA Junior Girls in 1999, then won the AAA Girls title in the high jump the following year at the age of fourteen, clearing 1.70 meters. In 2001 she was runner-up at the high jump and heptathlon events in the English Schools AAA Intermediate section and won the high jump in 2002 with a jump of 1.80 meters.

Ennis established herself as one of Britons top junior athletes at the AAA U20 Championships in 2003 as she took the indoor pentathlon title and outdoor 100 m hurdles title. Ennis competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in July and the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, but it was her winning performance at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania that brought her to the fore. Her first senior championships was the 2005 Universiade, held in İzmir, Turkey, where she won the bronze medal with a new personal best of 5,910 points. One of her first victories as a senior came in February 2004, when she was eighteen years old. She won the 60 meter hurdles at the Northern Senior Indoor Championships in a time of 8.60 seconds. Two weeks earlier she had won three Northern Junior Indoor Championship titles: the 60 meters sprint, the 60 meter hurdles and the high jump.

Ennis finished sixth in the pentathlon at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, in Birmingham improving her personal best score by more than 300 points to 4,716. She showed her aptitude for the individual 100 meter hurdles event at the European Under-23 Championships, winning a bronze medal in a time of 13.09 seconds. In August Ennis finished fourth at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, behind the winner Carolina Klüft, Lyudmyla Blonska and fellow Briton Kelly Sotherton recording the fastest times in the three track events including a personal best of 12.97 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. Ennis finished second overall in the World Combined Events Challenge, behind the Osaka silver-medallist, Lyudmyla Blonska. In September, Ennis won the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award. In May 2008 Ennis withdrew from the heptathlon competition at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria after the first day's events citing pain in her right foot. A scan later revealed that Ennis had three stress fractures in her right foot and as a consequence she missed the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing and the rest of the 2008 season.

After a twelve-month lay-off due to injury Ennis returned to competition at the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Desenzano del Garda in May, winning the event with a personal best score of 6,587 points, including an 800 meter personal best while also breaking Liliana Năstase's 16-year-old meet record in the process.Notably Ennis's foot injury the previous year meant that she had to change her take-off leg in the long jump from right to left. In August Ennis won the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin with a personal best points total of 6,731, 238 points ahead of silver medallist Jennifer Oeser of Germany and Poland's Kamila Chudzik. Ennis led the competition from the first event and posted a personal best of 14.14 meters in the shot put, while her first day points total of 4,124 points was the third-best first-day heptathlon score ever behind world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee and European record holder Carolina Klüft.

In December 2009, Ennis won the "Sportswoman of the Year" award from the (British) Sports Journalists' Association, as well as being voted "Sportswoman of the Year" at the Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards organised by Cosmopolitan magazine. Ennis also came third in the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Formula One world champion Jensen Button and winner Ryan Giggs of Manchester United FC. At the start of 2010 Ennis caused a surprise when winning the 60 meters hurdles ahead of American world indoor champion Lolo Jones at a five-team international meeting in Glasgow winning in a British record time of 7.95 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Jones. At the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield Ennis won the 60 meter hurdles equalling her personal best of 7.95 seconds. Ennis also won the high jump.

Ennis continued her good start for the year by recording two indoor personal bests at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February; 7.87 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles and 6.47 meters in the long jump. Ennis finished second at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships took place in Istanbul, Turkey, in March 2012, behind Nataliya Dobrinska who set a new world record of 5,013 points. In finishing second Ennis recorded a personal best and national record of 4,965 points, also recording indoor personal bests in the shot put at 14.79 meters and in the 800 meters at 2:08.09.

More at: www.jessicaennis.net

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