Jess is as good as gold

Jessica Ennis clears the bar to win the High Jump Event of the Heptathlon during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. John Giles/PA Wire

Jessica Ennis clears the bar to win the High Jump Event of the Heptathlon during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. John Giles/PA Wire

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‘Good to go.’ Three words from Jessica Ennis that are music to the ears of Britain’s athletics aficionados.

‘Good to go.’ Three words from Jessica Ennis that are music to the ears of Britain’s athletics aficionados.

Sheffield’s superstar heptathlete came through a dress rehearsal for her World title defence in Daege in just over three weeks time with an action-packed display in Birmingham.

She contested five of her seven events over two days at the Aviva UK Championships and World Trials and showed that with a few tweaks here and there, she’s ready for this season’s ultimate test in South Korea.

Victory in the high jump, second place in the 100m hurdles, third spot in the long jump with a season’s best of 6.44m, a career-best equalling 14.25m in the shot and a throw of 42.93m in the javelin.

Not a bad weekend’s work!

“I’m really pleased. It’s been a busy couple of days but I wanted to do as many events as possible,” said Jess.

“I’ve been working on some things in the long jump and I feel that it’s improving so I’m glad to have had that jump. Hopefully I can put a little more on it come Daegu.

“I’m feeling good. I’m doing lots of training so it’s nice to come out and compete again.

“I wanted to put some events together and see how it’s going.

“Now I know what changes I need to make for Daege and we’ll go away and make them.”

This involves just one more race in the 100m hurdles in a low-key meeting at Loughborough University and then everything will focus on South Korea - the heptathlon is earmarked for August 29-30.

“The World Championships are really important, I think a lot of the public are thinking only of 2012 at this stage, but this comes first for us athletes and it’s really important that we take it one meet at a time,” added Jess.

“Of course I’ll be hoping for a good result, it’s only one year to go until London so I want to go out to Daegu and come back feeling pleased with my performance and with confidence for future competitions.

“I’m feeling really happy and confident in myself, I feel fit and healthy and that’s really key at this time of year.

“Obviously I feel a certain amount of pressure, or at least I’m aware of it being around, but I try to ignore that, think about my own competition and that’s it. The past few major championships I’ve done well and I just want to continue what I’m doing, which is working, and hopefully get some good results.”