JESSICA Ennis might be a psychology graduate but she’s determined not to over-analyse her failure to defend her world heptathlon title.
Ennis tried to accentuate the positives from her silver lining but her forced grin masked her true emotions in Daegu. Defeat to Tatyana Chernova will be a blow although it might just ease the pressure being heaped upon the poster girl of London’s 2012 Olympics.
“I came here to win gold and was determined to defend my title but fell just short,” said Ennis. “I haven’t shed any tears yet but I might do later. It’s disappointing but if I was to do it any year it was this year, the year before the Olympics. I can get that out of my system and make sure I improve the areas I need to and make sure it’s a gold next year.” Ennis paid the price for being off-colour in three of the seven events – the sprint hurdles and high jump, but more crucially in the javelin. Ennis did improve her personal best to 6.51m in the long jump but the javelin was a disaster.
She was six metres down on her personal best with her top 39.95m effort so dismal it would have only just scraped a place in the top 10 at the English Schools’ Championships. It meant she needed to beat Chernova by nine seconds in the 800m finale, always unlikely considering the 23-year old Russian had previously run two seconds quicker than Ennis’ best. Ennis went out hard but tired on the final lap, eventually finishing just a second ahead of her rival with a PB 2:07.81minutes. However, on this form Chernova will be a real threat next summer.
Ennis won’t panic though, a long embrace from coach and mentor Toni Minichiello in the bowels of the stadium underlining this was not a team in crisis.
“I don’t want to analyse the javelin too much, it’s not something I want to dwell on” she added. “It was one of those days that it didn’t come together. I felt like I was slipping on my last stride; it was all over the place really.”
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