Jess Ennis’ Olympic countdown has started and it was somehow fitting that it should begin in Sheffield.
There was also a little irony in the fact that the country’s supreme all-round athlete won the shot putt title at the Northern Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport. Shot and javelin are the two disciplines which have caused problems for Jess in the past as she laid claim to greatness in the heptathlon and although it wasn’t a vintage display, she can take some satisfaction from it.
Jess had hoped to break 14 metres but in the end she fell just short with 13.95m with her sixth and final throw. “It’s always good to get the first event of the year out of the way,” said Jess. It would have been nice to have gone over 14 metres but it’s hard to get up for it when you’re not really preparing for it.” Coach Toni Minichiello was happy enough with her performance especially as Jess is in the middle of her winter training.
Next up is the City Challenge at the EIS on Saturday, February 4 followed by the UK Indoor Championships at the same venue, on the following weekend.
Meanwhile, Jess’s City of Sheffield team-mate Adam Khan completed a unique record-breaking winning double at the Championships. The 20-year-old set new figures in the junior (under-20) triple jump with 14.50 metres and won the 60 metres hurdles in 8.70 seconds. Sprinter Kristie Edwards was also in top form with victory in the Under-17 60 metres in 7.91 seconds.