Jess motivated by picture power

Jess grimaces as Chernova finishes ahead in the 800m.
Jess grimaces as Chernova finishes ahead in the 800m.

Picture this ... and Jess Ennis certainly does even though it brings back painful memories.

The loss of her world heptathlon title to Russia’s Tatyana Chernova in Korea back in September still burns in her memory and she’s using it as a positive motivation as she gets ready to embark on her London 2012 Olympic mission.

“There was a picture of me and Chernova crossing the line after the 800 metres. She is really celebrating and you can see in my face that I’m obviously gutted,” she said. “That image will stay in my mind because I don’t want to be in that position again. I’m going to get a print of it as things like that help you.

“You think about the those situations and it helps you push yourself a little more I had the drive before but now I’ve got that image in my head.” It had been a case of schooldays revisited for Jess as she returned to King Ecgbert’s but there was a vast difference to that occasion eight years ago, when as a teenager, she was preparing to compete at the World Youth Championships in Canada while attempting to fit in her A level studies.

Just one journalist was in the room on that day, this time round they came from far and wide to talk to one of Britain’s best hopes for Olympic gold next summer. “I remember that first interview,” she added. “But the school has changed so much since then. I think I finished fifth at those Youth Championships.”

Jess will be in action at the Aviva Indoor Trials and Championships at the English Institute of Sport on February 11-12. For tickets or more information go to uka.org.uk/aviva-series or telephone 08000 556056.