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There's more to come, Ennis warns rivals
Jessica Ennis believes there is still more to come despite smashing the British heptathlon record of former Olympic champion Denise Lewis and laying down an impressive marker to her rivals.
The 26-year-old from Sheffield bounced back in brilliant style to record a third straight win at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis with a new personal best of 6,906 points. That was 75 more than the record of 6,831 set by Lewis in 2000, shortly before she won Olympic gold in Sydney, and makes Ennis only the eighth woman ever to score more than 6,900.
Ennis said: "There is definitely more to come, not hundreds and hundreds of points, little improvements, but I am 26 now and I have always said this is a good age."
She had been replaced as favourite for Olympic glory on home soil after losing her world heptathlon and pentathlon titles to Russia's Tatyana Chernova and Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska respectively.
In Turkey, Chernova was 132 points behind in second, with Olympic champion Dobrynska a distant ninth almost 600 points adrift. "They won't want to go into London with a bad score, they will come back stronger, but so will I and I will have a big crowd with me," a delighted Ennis said.
Ennis had been keen to play down the possibility of the British record on Saturday evening, despite a personal best of 22.88 seconds in the 200m giving her a first-day total of 4,113 points, 33 ahead of her score at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010 when she set her previous PB of 6,823.
That was perhaps understandable given that poor performances in the javelin and long jump cost her in Daegu last year and Istanbul in March respectively, but this time there was emphatically no second-day stumble.
In fact, Ennis equalled her personal best of 6.51m in the long jump and then threw a personal best of 47.11m in the javelin, improving her previous mark by 40cm in the opening round and also producing consistent subsequent throws of 44.32m and 44.66m.
That left her needing to complete the 800m in a relatively pedestrian two minutes 14 seconds to break the record, but she made absolutely certain by clocking 2:09.00, leading from the gun before just being beaten to the line by Chernova.
"I really wanted 6,900 points," Ennis added. "Typically I thought I would just miss out on it but to have actually got it is brilliant. I wanted to do it for me, to prove to myself that I can do it, that I am capable of scoring a big score and that I am in good shape. That gives me the self-belief and the mental capacity going ahead, so that was really good for me."