In-form Jess ready for test of the best

Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the women's 60metre hurdles during the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 18, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Birmingham. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the women's 60metre hurdles during the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 18, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Birmingham. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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The first real test for Jess Ennis is just eight days away.

Istanbul and the World Indoor Championships await, a test of nerve and character for one of the world’s finest all-round athletes as she defends her pentathlon crown.

We’re talking Turkey but the question remains ... will it be Turkey with all the trimmings or Turkey left-overs?

Jess is in the form of her life judging by performances at the recent Birmingham Grand Prix - the fastest time this year for the 60m hurdles and a personal best in the long jump - and at the EIS when she produced impressive returns in high jump and shot.

Reproducing, or better still, improving times or distances can make all the difference as she gets ready to go head-to-head with Russian Tatyana Chernova, the athlete who took her World heptathlon title in Daegu last summer.

Small improvements can bring big rewards and Jess doesn’t need telling that can be the difference between gold, silver and bronze.

“I’m looking forward to the competition and hoping I can raise my game,” said Jess. “It’s going to be quite small margins in key events which I need to make sure I get right. Doing those will hopefully gather me a few more points.

“I have put Daegu to the back of my mind. That year is done with; I have to focus on what I have got to do now.

“I don’t see it as just rivalry between me and Chernova. There are other girls who are performing well, so i see it as a battle between all of us,” she added. There’s a possibility that the World record will be broken - Jess came close to breaking the mark two years ago with 4,937 points, just 54 short of Russian Irina Belova’s 20-year-old record.

She’ll consider that a bonus as the real goal is gold. No pressure!