Diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend as Jess suffers

Under the weather: Jessica Ennis, right, found it difficult to produce her top form in a rain-sodden New York.             Picture: Henry Ray Abrams/AP
Under the weather: Jessica Ennis, right, found it difficult to produce her top form in a rain-sodden New York. Picture: Henry Ray Abrams/AP
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JESSICA Ennis’s Diamond League meeting in New York was a waste of time claims, her coach Toni Minichiello.

The new MBE was way off her best in atrocious weather conditions as strong winds and lashing rain hampered the performance of the world’s best athletes.

And Minichiello says there was little that the heptathlete got out of competing individually in the 100 metres hurdles and the long jump.

He said: “You can try and dress it up how you want and say this and that about it but in the end it was a lot of effort for a poor return.

“The numbers are on the board now for everyone to see so there’s nothing you can do about it.

“It was windy, it was rainy, it was cold; but it was a good opportunity to take part in a Diamond League meeting, unfortunately you take your chances with the weather.”

Millhouses-based Ennis has already proven her form this season with a superb win at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzia, Austria, last month when she beat all her contemporaries in the heptathlon.

Minichiello is determined not to push Ennis too hard ahead of the season’s highlight - the World Championship in Daegu, South Korea, which begins on August 27.

As reigning champion Ennis has already qualified to defend her gold medal but will still take part in the Great Britain team trials at the end of July in Birmingham.

This weekend Ennis will compete at the North of England championship in Manchester.

Minichiello confirmed she is entered into the javelin and long jump competitions.