What a way to silence the critics ... what a way to end any lingering self doubt about her ability to produce a big, big score ... and what a way to send out a message to her main rivals as the London Olympics draw ever closer.
Jess Ennis set her sights on seven solid events in the heptathlon in Gotzis and she duly delivered in breathtaking style as she smashed Denise Lewis’ British record (6,831) with a points tally of 6,906 and also gained her entry to the elite club of just eight women who have surpassed the 6,900 mark
Not bad for a ‘fat’ lass from Sheffield!
Yes, even the idiotic comments from an unnamed UK athletics official who said she was overweight, couldn’t detract from her superb all-round performance that saw her eclipse Tatyana Chernova, who dethroned her at last summer’s World Championships and Nataliya Dobrynska, the Olympic champion who took her World indoor crown.
Chernova finished second, a huge 132 points adrift, while Dobrynska trailed in a disappointing ninth with just 6,311 points.
However, Jess admitted that it was as much about boosting her own morale as issuing a statement of intent.
“I wanted to do it for me, to prove to myself that I can do it, that I’m capable of producing a big score and that I’m in good shape,” she said. “That gives me the self belief and the mental capacity going forward.
“I did worry a bit but I had to believe that I have all the components to make it work. I have worked so hard over the past few weeks since the indoor season and to actually see it all come together was brilliant.
“The record is something that’s been at the back of my mind and I wanted to achieve but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on it. Now I have the record I’m very, very pleased.”
Jess knows that the pendulum has now swung back in her favour for Olympic gold but that won’t faze her. She also knows Chernova and Dobrynska will come back stronger at the London Games but she feels there’s still more to come from her and she’ll have a big crowd behind her.
“I’m going to train sensibly. I have done a big block of my work now, so it is all about freshening up, sharpening up and getting race sharp. There is definitely more to come, not hundreds of points but little improvements here and there.”
Her coach Toni Minichiello also feels there’s more in the Ennis tank: “It was an excellent two days and I’m really pleased. It shows she’s in good shape. there’s still more work to do but we’re smiling now.
“The javelin is a work in progress but it can give us a bit more, as can the shot and the long jump.
“There’s some bits and pieces to work on,” added Minichiello who will now devise a programme to cover the final nine weeks.
Meanwhile Sheffield’s mini marvel is set to compete in the 100m at the Bislett Games in Oslo next Thursday before getting ready for the UK Olympic trials in Birmingham.
The record-breaking seven:
l100m hurdles: 12.81 secs (1,153 points) second fastest time of her career
lHigh Jump: 1.85m (1,041) her only wobble with below-par clearance
lShot Put: 14.51m (828) might have been even better if she hadn’t toppled out of the throwing circle with her first attempt
l200m: 22.88 (1,091) slices 0.31 secs off her lifetime best
lLong Jump: 6.51m (1,010) equals personal best with third-round leap
lJavelin: 47.71m (804) 40cm beyond her previous lifetime best
l800m: 2mins 9secs (979) third fastest of her career
lFinal total: 6,906 points, new UK record