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Jessica Ennis Jessica Ennis at the 2009 World Championships. Personal information Date of birth 28 January 1986 (1986-01-28) (age 24)[1] Place of birth Sheffield, England[1] Height 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in)[1] Weight 57 kilograms (130 lb)[1] Sport Country England Club City of Sheffield Athletic Club Turned pro 2005 Retired N/A Achievements and titles Worlds 2007 — 4th 2009 — 1st Highest world ranking Heptathlon: 1 (2009, 2010) Personal best(s) Heptathlon 6,823 points[1] Pentathlon 4,937 points[1] Updated on 2 September 2010. Medal record Women's athletics Competitor for  Great Britain World Championships Gold 2009 Berlin Heptathlon World Indoor Championships Gold 2010 Doha Pentathlon European Championships Gold 2010 Barcelona Heptathlon Summer Universiade Bronze 2005 Izmir Heptathlon Competitor for  England Commonwealth Games Bronze 2006 Melbourne Heptathlon Jessica Ennis (born 28 January 1986 in Sheffield) is a British athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100m hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current World and European heptathlon champion[2] and world indoor pentathlon champion.[2] Contents 1 Background 2 Athletics career 2.1 Junior competitions and early senior career 2.2 2006 2.3 2007 2.4 2008 2.5 2009 2.6 2010 3 Competition Record 3.1 2007 World Championships 3.2 2009 World Championships 3.3 2010 World Indoor Championships 3.4 2010 European Championships 4 Personal bests 5 References and notes 6 External links // Background One of two daughters born to Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell,[3] Jessica Ennis has a younger sister called Carmel.[3] Her father, originally from Jamaica,[4] is a self-employed painter and decorator;[3] her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire.[5] Neither of her parents were particularly athletic, but her father did some sprinting at school whilst her mother favoured the high jump.[4] They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a 'Start:Track' event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays.[6] In later years she joked that her parents took her to the event because "I think my mum and dad wanted me out of the house!"[7] She won her first athletics prize there - a pair of trainers. More importantly, it was there that she met the man who was to become her coach, Toni Minichiello.[8] She took to the sport immediately and joined the City of Sheffield Athletic Club the following year, aged eleven.[9] In November 2000, aged fourteen, she won the Sheffield Federation for School Sports Whitham Award for the best performance by a Sheffield athlete at the National Schools Championships, where she won the high jump competition.[10] Growing up in the Highfield area of Sheffield,[11] Ennis attended King Ecgbert School in Dore, where she sat her GCSEs and stayed on in the sixth form to gain three A-Levels,[3] before going on to study Psychology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2007 with a 2:2.[3] In 2010 Jessica Ennis was chosen to receive a D.Litt Honorary degree from the University of Sheffield for her excellent contribution to sport.[12] Ennis lives in Sheffield with long-term boyfriend Andy Hill, a construction site manager, and their chocolate Labrador Myla.[13][14][15] The Times reported that she follows the fortunes of Sheffield United[16], which she confirmed in an interview in the Guardian, saying, "I'm a Sheffield United fan. Up the Blades! I never go and watch them but my family and my boyfriend are big supporters."[17] However, she also told the Radio Times; "I'm not a big sports fan," preferring to watch Big Brother and Sex And The City. She also watches Smallville, Heroes and 24 and would like to take Justin Timberlake out to dinner.[18] She writes a column for The Times newspaper. Athletics career Junior competitions and early senior career Ennis competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in July and the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, but it was her winning performance at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania that brought her to the fore. Her first senior championships was the 2005 Universiade, held in İzmir, Turkey, where she won the bronze medal with a new personal best of 5,910 points. One of Ennis's first victories as a senior came in February 2004, when she was eighteen years old. She won the 60 metre hurdles at the Northern Senior Indoor Championships in a time of 8.60 seconds. Two weeks earlier she had won three Northern Junior Indoor Championship titles: the 60 metre sprint, the 60 metre hurdles and the high jump.[19] Below is a summary of Ennis's early successes: 2000 – 1st AAA U15 Championships pentathlon and 75 metre hurdles 2001 – 2nd AAA U17 Indoor Championships 60 metre hurdles 2003 – 1st AAA U20 Indoor Championships pentathlon, 1st AAA U20 Championships 100 metre hurdles 2004 – 8th World Junior Championships heptathlon 2005 – 1st European Junior Championships heptathlon, 3rd World University Games heptathlon, 1st AAA Indoor Championships pentathlon, 3rd AAA Championships 100 metre hurdles[20] 2006 During the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia she added more than 350 points to her personal best, scoring a total of 6,269 to win the heptathlon bronze medal. Her personal best in the heptathlon high jump of 1.91 metres would have been enough to take the individual event gold medal. Before the Games she confessed that she didn't think she would do so well, saying, "I don't think I will win a medal, to be honest, but I am just hoping to score over 6,000 points. I want to step over that 6,000 barrier. It is significant."[21] In the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ennis was in the bronze medal spot after the first day of competition, but performances in subsequent events were not sufficient to maintain that position. She dropped down to eighth place, just three points behind the leading British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton. Notably she produced impressive performances in several disciplines — achieving personal bests in the shot put and the 200 metres; with season's bests in the long jump and javelin. Her overall total of 6,287 points was a new personal best. 2007 Ennis hoped to do well in the pentathlon at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, as they were to be held on home soil, in Birmingham. She scored 8.22 seconds, to drop into second behind Carolina Klüft, in the 60 metre hurdles. She then jumped 1.91 metres (the highest jump of the competition), to take the lead. A 13.28 metre effort in the shot put saw Ennis drop from first to fifth, with Kelly Sotherton taking the lead. A season's best of 6.19 metres in the long jump, and a personal best of 2 minutes 17.03 seconds in the 800 metres allowed Ennis to finish sixth. Her final score of 4,716 was a personal best by more than 300 points. In July Ennis missed the chance to compete against the world's best heptathlete Carolina Klüft on her home track at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium in the Norwich Union Grand Prix meeting, as she was committed to taking part in the European Under-23 Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, which took place at the same time. "It is disappointing," she said. "It would have been great to compete in my own city. It would have been good to have tried to beat Carolina in Sheffield. It's hard to visualise myself beating her at the moment, because she is quite a bit ahead of me. But it will be nice in the future!"[22] In Hungary Ennis competed only in the 100 metre hurdles, winning a bronze medal in time of 13.09 seconds, finishing behind winner Nevin Yanit of Turkey and silver medallist Christina Vukicevic of Norway.[23] In the 2007 season, Ennis was ranked fourth in the world for heptathlon, behind Carolina Klüft, Lyudmyla Blonska and compatriot Kelly Sotherton. She was also in the top 40 for high jump and 100 metre hurdles. She automatically qualified for the heptathlon at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. During the Championships, she was the fastest out of all competitors in the three track events, setting a personal best of 12.97 seconds in the 100 metre hurdles. Overall, she finished fourth on a personal best total of 6,469 points, beaten by the three athletes in front of her in the world rankings. She was only 41 points behind Sotherton, and a better shot put would have put in her with a chance of a medal. At the end of the first day's events, BBC Television athletics commentator Paul Dickenson remarked that Jessica's performance was "the sign of a champion for the future". At the conclusion of the competition, Sotherton told BBC Television trackside interviewer Phil Jones: "She's the future, so everyone better watch out." Both were correct in their assessments. It is significant that Ennis's two weakest events - the throws - showed remarkable improvement over the next three years. In Osaka she shot putted 11.93 metres and threw the javelin 38.07 metres, which was a personal best. Three years later she was consistently putting more than 14 metres and going over the 46-metre mark in the javelin. At the British National Championships, and World Trials, Ennis won the 100 metre hurdles beating specialists, such as defending champion Sarah Claxton, as well as rival Kelly Sotherton. Later, Ennis won the high jump, again beating the specialists and Sotherton, who finished a close second. Ennis also went on to finish second overall in the World Combined Events Challenge this season, behind the Osaka silver-medallist, Lyudmyla Blonska.[24] In September, Ennis won the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award.[25] 2008 On 2 June 2008 UK Athletics announced that a scan had revealed Ennis was suffering from three stress fractures in her right foot and would not be able to compete in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.[26] She felt pain whilst competing at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria and withdrew from the heptathlon competition after the first day's events. She wrote in her column in The Times: "I was second after the first day, but the vague niggle I'd had beforehand was getting worse. It got really bad in the high jump, the second event of the day, and I think the damage started then. I had some treatment, felt fine and then set a personal best in the shot. In the 200 metres I think the adrenalin masked the pain, but in the home straight I felt I was going backwards. I struggled to push off and when I finished I couldn't walk."[27] The injury was diagnosed as stress fractures of the navicular and a metatarsal. Treatment involved sitting on a magnetic bed for an hour a day and in an Exogen machine twice a day for twenty minutes. Two years later Ennis told BBC Television presenter Hazel Irvine that she feared for her career. She said, "I was told by the [UK Athletics] doctor that this was a career-threatening injury. At that point my heart absolutely sunk and I was worrying that it would be the end of my career at the age of 22." 2009 Ennis returned to competitive athletics after a twelve-month lay-off due to injury. She accomplished a new personal best at the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Desenzano del Garda in May, winning the competition with a total of 6,587 points, which also included an 800 metres best and a combined events javelin best.[28] Ennis was pleased with the strong comeback, which broke Liliana Năstase's 16-year-old meet record in the heptathlon.[29] Her foot injury meant that she had to change her take-off leg in the long jump from right to left, a switch that, as she explained in an interview with BBC Television's Phil Jones just before the Berlin World Championships, she found "quite hard and quite frustrating". She described it as being "alien at the start" but that with practice it would "become natural," comparing it to changing her writing hand. She told Jones that after going through the injury she felt she was now "a much better athlete." Ennis's next competition was at the McCain Loughborough International meeting later in May where she competed as a guest in the long jump, in which she came second with 6.07 metres, and the 100 metre hurdles, which she won in 12.93 seconds. She won the high jump and 100 metre hurdles at the national championships in Birmingham in July, with 1.91 metres and 12.87 seconds respectively. Ennis was the only British athlete to go into the 2009 World Championships as the number one in the world that year.[30] She became World Champion in the heptathlon for the first time on 16 August, with a personal best points total of 6,731.[1][2] After building up a big lead following the first two events - the 100 metre hurdles and the high jump - her position was under threat after two mediocre throws, both around 13 metres, in the shot put, but she pulled out a personal best of 14.14 metres in the final round to maintain her advantage. She explained to BBC trackside interviewer Phil Jones how she felt during the shot put: "I scared myself so much. I was really panicking but I knew what I needed to do and just pulled it together and got it in the final round. I was so relieved! You could probably see I was a bit excited!" Before the day's final event, the 200 metres, BBC commentator Paul Dickenson asked her coach Toni Minichiello what the plan was for the race. "She's going to tonk it!" answered Minichiello. She won the race in 23.25 seconds and ended the day on 4,124 points, the third-best first-day heptathlon score ever, trailing only world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee and European record holder Carolina Klüft. Ennis's overnight lead of 307 points was reduced but never threatened as she produced solid performances in the long jump and javelin. She set off at a rapid pace in the 800 metres and although overtaken by Nataliya Dobrynska on the final bend she had enough in reserve to regain the lead and win in 2 minutes 12.22 seconds, to take the gold medal by 238 points. Jennifer Oeser of Germany took the silver medal with 6,493 points and Poland's Kamila Chudzik won the bronze with 6,471 points. Ennis's room-mate and fellow heptathlete Louise Hazel revealed that Ennis had been reading Fern Britton's autobiography to take her mind off being Britain's top medal hope.[31] Jessica's parents weren't in Berlin to see her triumph as they had bought non-refundable tickets to Beijing a year earlier and, as Ennis said, "it was difficult for them to come out here financially."[32] After her victory UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee said; "She is cool, calm and collected and that is her special quality. She is not affected by the opposition or the occasion and there is room for improvement," while Ennis remarked; "I was so worried. I didn't know how I was going to come back [from injury]. I didn't know what kind of shape I'd be in. This year has gone from strength to strength and now I'm the world champion! I've dreamt so many times about winning medals and becoming world champion, doing a lap of honour. It's the best feeling in the world!"[33] Her lap of honour, which in the heptathlon is traditionally shared with all the other competitors, could not be completed as the athletes competing in the men's 100 metres final were preparing for their race, in which Usain Bolt broke the world record with a time of 9.58 seconds. Rumours circulated soon afterwards that Bolt had asked Ennis out on a date, but she said the stories were untrue. Ennis's almost jovial comments in interviews during the championships, such as "Don't mess up!" and "I'm scared!", along with her engaging personality and beaming smile, endeared her to the press and the public, the media immediately dubbing her "The Face of 2012", in reference to the forthcoming London Olympic Games. Her website received so many hits during the championships that it kept crashing. She made one further track appearance in 2009, at the Aviva Grand Prix in Gateshead at the end of August, coming fifth in the 100 metre hurdles in a relatively slow time of 13.28 seconds. Sheffield City Council held a reception for Ennis in the city’s Peace Gardens, at which she was presented with a Mulberry designer handbag and a canteen of Sheffield cutlery. Council leader Paul Scriven said, "This is from the 530,000 people of Sheffield – this is our prize to you, our golden girl, our special champion." [34] As late as November 2009 it was reported that Ennis had not yet claimed her $36,000 prize for winning in Berlin. She said, "I actually forgot about it, to be honest - you have to fill out a form while you're out there, but I forgot. Yeah, I've got to chase that up."[35] In December 2009, Ennis won the "Sportswoman of the Year" award from the (British) Sports Journalists' Association, as well as being voted "Sportswoman of the Year" at the Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards organised by Cosmopolitan magazine. Ennis also came third in the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind second-placed Formula One world champion Jensen Button and winner Ryan Giggs of Manchester United FC. 2010 Ennis got her 2010 season off to a exceptional start with a 60 metres hurdles victory over American world indoor champion Lolo Jones in Glasgow. She set a new British record time of 7.95 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Jones.[36] At the same meeting Ennis set a new indoor personal best in the High Jump of 1.94 metres, and captained Great Britain to victory.[37][38] At the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, Ennis became the World Indoor Champion for the Pentathlon with a new British Record, Commonwealth Record and new Championship Record with a score of 4,937 points, finishing ahead of all three Beijing heptathlon medal winners, Nataliya Dobrynska, Hyleas Fountain and Tatyana Chernova. Dobrysnska was second in Doha with 4,851 points, Chernova third with 4,762 points and Fountain fourth with 4,753 points. Ennis's victory meant that she became the first British woman to win world titles both indoors and outdoors.[39][40] Her preparation for the event was hampered by another foot injury, thankfully much less serious than the one she suffered in 2008. Following her victory she said; "Winning the worlds and then competing here against everybody who was in Berlin, apart from Kelly Sotherton, was really special. It has really boosted my confidence knowing I came here having had another foot injury and still managed to beat people who won medals in Beijing. The injury was always at the back of my mind and I was always a little bit worried about it."[41] In May Ennis competed in a 150 metre race on a specially constructed straight track along Deansgate in Manchester city centre. She beat World and Olympic 400 metre champion Christine Ohurougu into third place, winning in a time 16.99 seconds. Fellow British athletes Shaunna Thompson and Vicky Barr were second and fourth respectively. Ennis explained her nerves and her race strategy: "I was really worried and a little bit anxious because [150 metres] was something I've not done. I knew I had to get out really quick because she [Ohurougu] is a brilliant finisher, so I knew I had to get out, hold my form, not overstride and keep pushing for the line."[42] Later in May Ennis competed in three events at the Loughborough International meeting. She clocked 12.85 seconds in the 100 metre hurdles and cleared 1.93 metres in the high jump but failed in her attempt to set a new British record of 1.96 metres. She was below her best in the javelin, throwing 43.83 metres. "I feel really good," she said afterwards. "Everything is going to plan and I'm feeling a lot stronger and quicker.'[43] Ennis set her sights on breaking Denise Lewis's British record at the 2010 Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria, at the end of May but her attempt was defeated by persistent heavy rain. She won the competition and although her total of 6,689 points fell short of the record by a margin of 142, it was her second best ever performance after her victory in Berlin.[44] She said her victory got rid of "all the demons from last time", referring to the foot injury suffered at the same event two years earlier that forced her to miss the Beijing Olympics. She added; "I knew it would be difficult because the weather was horrible. I was a little disappointed, particularly with the long jump and the javelin, but all in all, with the weather being so bad, I was quite happy."[45] The Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meeting in New York in June saw Ennis in a one-off contest over three events against Hyleas Fountain. She won two of the three events, setting a personal best of 6.51 metres in the long jump, but lost by 15 points overall.[46] She ran the 100 metres hurdles in 12.85 seconds, her second-fastest time ever, and recorded a below-par 13.61 metres in the shot put. Ennis said of her performance; "I was pleased with my long jump as it was a personal best. I'd have liked to have gone better in the hurdles but, all in all, it was a good competition for me."[47] Ennis's training was interrupted in June due to a virus that affected her balance, preventing her from doing any work at all for two weeks. It forced her to miss the combined UK Championships/European Trials in Birmingham. She said; "I was dizzy all the time. I had to stay in bed for two weeks because I couldn't move. All I did was watch TV all day and try to get better."[48] She returned to action at the Aviva Grand Prix in Gateshead in mid July, competing in the 200 metres and javelin. She ran a disappointing 23.55 seconds in the 200 metres, finishing in an unaccustomed last position running against specialists, but registered 46.15 metres in the javelin, close to her personal best. She remarked afterwards; "I feel like I've lost a bit of sharpness more than anything [because of the virus] but what I threw in the javelin gave me a little bit more confidence so I won't walk away from the day too disappointed."[49] At the 2010 European Championships Ennis won gold, setting a new European Championship Record and a new personal best score in the heptathlon of 6,823. As usual she led by a sizeable margin after the 100 metre hurdles and the high jump and, as in Berlin in 2009, produced a big throw of 14.06 metres in the final round of the shot put to retain a narrow lead - only 11 points - over Nataliya Dobrynska, who was temporarily in first place until Ennis's third attempt. Her time in the 100 metre hurdles would have placed her sixth in the individual final in that event. Before the final event of the first day, the 200 metres, European heptathlon record holder Carolina Klüft, now retired from the event to concentrate on the long jump, said in an interview on BBC Television that she expected Ennis to pass her total of 7,032 points at some point in the future. She commented; "She's got the potential and she's mentally strong. For me it will be the optimal thing for her to beat it in London in the Olympic Games. I would be so happy for her." Ennis had already watched Dobrynska produce a personal best in the 200 metres in an earlier heat, so it was crucial that she ran well. She did - her 23.22 seconds was her fastest of the year, and left her overnight lead at 110 points. In conversation with the BBC's Phil Jones, her assessment of Day One was that she was "really pleased" and joked "My heart can't take it! It's too much, it's way too much!" when Jones asked about her final attempt in the shot put. The first event of the second day, the long jump, concluded with Ennis leading by 68 points, as she improved her distance in each round. The javelin was a classic contest, as third-placed Jennifer Oeser, Ennis and Dobrynska all produced personal best performances. Ennis had led from the start of the competition but going into the final event, the 800 metres, she led Dobrynska by only 18 points. Dobrynska had to beat Ennis by 2.2 seconds to take the title. Ennis led from the gun but with 250 metres to go Dobrynska went past her. Ennis responded immediately and sprinted to victory in 2 minutes 10.18 seconds to win the gold medal, beating Dobrynska by 45 points, and finishing just eight points short of Denise Lewis's British and Commonwealth Records.[50] This time her parents were present to see her triumph. Germany's Jennifer Oeser was third with 6,683 points. Ennis's score was the highest in the world in 2010, overtaking the previous best of 6,735 made by Hyleas Fountain at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. The European Championship was virtually a world championship, as it missed only Fountain from the world's best competitors. Ennis was captain of the British team at the Championships, which meant she had to make a speech to her teammates prior to competition, a task she confessed she wasn't really looking forward to doing. She later said; "I was really nervous about my speech, but when Linford [Christie] got up it made me even more nervous. I just said a few words and, thankfully, didn't mess it up. I just talked about my experience at championships and tried to inspire people a little bit."[51] Whatever she said worked, as the British team won a record nineteen medals. Commenting on her position of responsibility, Christie called Ennis "a little box of TNT", adding, "I think as team captain she is the right person because she can lead from the front and seeing Jess doing well will spread encouragement through the team."[52] After her victory Ennis recognised the challenge she had faced to overcome 2008 Olympic gold medallist Dobrynska, who bounced back from a disappointing 2009 to press her throughout: "It was really tough, completely different to last year and I'm happy to have handled the pressure and come out on top. At any point it could have completely changed. There was a lot of pressure because the girls were performing so well and I've been pushed all the way. I had to raise my game at every level."[53] Dobrynska later declared that Ennis "has no weaknesses" but Jessica disagreed: "Everyone has a weakness. I'm expecting to be challenged [in the future] and things don't always go your way so I'm fully prepared for that."[54] Meanwhile her coach Toni Minichiello sounded a note of caution looking forward to the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea: "You can't ask for more than a personal best performance but the gap is closing on Jess. She won by 45 points but her rivals improved dramatically from Germany."[55] Dobrynska sounded her own warning: "Yes, Jessica is a great athlete but I know my reserve. What if I had managed to do the shot put in Barcelona as I can do, at least 50cm further? These are the eighty points which in the end I lacked to win."[56] Multiple Olympic champion and double world record holder Michael Johnson offered some advice to Ennis in the lead up to the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Johnson had been the home-town favourite at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, so had first-hand knowledge of the pressures that situation would bring for Ennis. Speaking to Ennis on BBC Television he said, "You are the face of that Olympics and I've been in that position as well. I flew into Atlanta for the opening ceremony and flew back home, because athletics starts in the second week of the Games. I flew back home to be out of that environment, so that I could be in a focussed, controlled environment. That's one area of danger, during the actual Games, you'll be shocked. You will get a call from someone the day you're about to compete saying, 'Jess, can you get me tickets?' You will get that call." At the conclusion of this discussion BBC presenter John Inverdale gave Ennis a Barcelona football shirt with "Ennis 7" printed on the back as a memento of her victory. Ennis's specialist javelin coach is World Championships bronze medallist and European Championships silver medallist Mick Hill, who between 2004 and 2010 oversaw an improvement in her performance from 28 metres to 46 metres. Hill is now Director of Athletics at Leeds Met Carnegie University. Interviewed on BBC Television's regional Look North programme, he said, "She is magnificent. She comes to train up at the Met and all the students, the athletes, who see her up there can't believe, first of all, how small she is, but certainly how pleasant, how nice [she is]. But underneath that small exterior there's quite an athlete. If [her javelin] gets over the 50 metre line it's getting towards world class." Ennis had announced earlier in the year that should would not be competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, but soon after the European Championships she decided not to compete again during the remainder of 2010. Ennis has been voted European Athlete of the Month three times in 2010, winning the award in January, March and May.[57] She was nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year after she came back from injury to become world champion in 2009, the award eventually being won by Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters. In October 2010 Ennis was nominated as one of ten candidates for the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.[58] The following month she was voted the "Ultimate Sports Star" at the Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards organised by Cosmopolitan magazine in London, the second consecutive year she had won this award. A few days later Ennis was voted the "Outstanding Female Athlete" at the Commonwealth Sports Awards in Birmingham, despite not competing in the Delhi Commonwealth Games. In August 2010 Ennis was put forward as a role model for young students - at a California high school. The incoming class of teenagers at the Silicon Valley city's Presentation High School were asked by Pete Campbell, a columnist for the San Jose on-line publication "How many of you know who Jessica Ennis is? Jessica Ennis is an international track star. Earlier this summer, she won the gold medal in the Heptathlon at the European Championships. Last year, she also took gold at the World Championships. Jessica Ennis is arguably the world’s greatest female athlete. This young woman can fly…and throw…and jump…etc. She’s Wonder Woman." [59] Competition Record SJA Award 2007 World Championships Event Result Position Points Overall Notes 100 metre hurdles 12.97 secs 1st 1,129 1st (1,129) Beat Carolina Klüft (2nd, PB) and Kelly Sotherton (3rd, PB) in her heat High jump 1.89 m 3rd 1,093 2nd (2,222) Carolina Klüft won with a jump of 1.95 m (PB) Shot put 11.93 m 34th 656 4th (2,878) Dropped from 2nd to 4th in overall points standings 200 metres 23.15 secs 1st 1,064 4th (3,942) Beat Klüft (2nd, SB) and Sotherton (3rd, PB) in her heat Long jump 6.33 m 9th 953 4th (4,895) Javelin 38.07 m 26th 630 5th (5,525) 800 metres 2:11.39 1st 944 4th (6,469) Beat Kelly Sotherton (2nd) in her heat Heptathlon 6,469 4th 2009 World Championships Event Result Position Points Overall Notes 100 metre hurdles 12.93 secs 1st 1,135 1st (1,135) Led by 76 points after opening event High jump 1.92 m 1st 1,132 1st (2,267) Extended lead to 181 points Shot put 14.14 m 5th 803 1st (3,070) Despite a personal best, her lead was reduced to 148 points 200 metres 23.25 secs 1st 1,054 1st (4,124) 3rd highest points scorer ever after first day of a heptathlon. Led by 307 points. Long jump 6.29 m 9th 940 1st (5,064) Lead was reduced to 269 points after the fifth event. Javelin 43.54 m 10th 735 1st (5,799) Lead was reduced to 171 points after penultimate event 800 metres 2:12.22 1st 932 1st (6,731) Increased lead by 67 points to 238 by winning the final heat. Heptathlon 6,731 1st New World Champion. Beat Jennifer Oeser by 238 points. 2010 World Indoor Championships Event Result Position Points Overall Notes 60 metre hurdles 8.04 secs 1st 1,120 1st (1,120) High jump 1.90 m 1st 1,106 1st (2,226) Shot put 14.01 m 5th 795 1st (3,021) Personal Best Long jump 6.44 m 3rd 988 1st (4,009) Personal Best 800 metres 2:12.55 2nd 928 1st (4,937) Personal Best Pentathlon 4,937 1st New World Indoor Champion, new Championship Record 2010 European Championships Event Result Position Points Overall Notes 100 metre hurdles 12.95 secs 1st 1,132 1st (1,132) Led by 63 points after opening event High jump 1.89 m 1st 1,093 1st (2,225) Extended lead to 134 points Shot put 14.05 m 6th 797 1st (3,022) Lead was reduced to 11 points 200 metres 23.21 secs 1st 1,058 1st (4,080) Increased her lead to 110 points Long jump 6.43 m 4th 985 1st (5,065) Lead was reduced to 68 points Javelin 46.71 m 8th 796 1st (5,861) Despite a Personal Best her lead was reduced to 18 points 800 metres 2:10.18 1st 962 1st (6,823) Points total of 6,823 was a new Personal Best and European Championship Record. Heptathlon 6,823 1st New European Champion, New Championship Record Beat Nataliya Dobrynska by 45 points. Personal bests By clearing 1.95 metres in the high jump, Ennis achieved a foot (30 cm) above her own height of 1.65 which only ten women have ever managed,[60] it also meant that she became the joint British women's high jump record holder.[61] Her personal best of 12.81 seconds[1] in the 100 metre hurdles puts her in joint second place — alongside Sarah Claxton — on the British all-time list, with only Angie Thorp having achieved a better time in the event of 12.80 seconds. Ennis is currently second on the British all-time list for the Heptathlon, behind Olympic gold-medallist Denise Lewis. However, if Ennis managed to equal all of her personal bests in one heptathlon competition, she would achieve a total of 6,971 points. Lewis' current record is 6,831 points. Outdoor Personal Bests Event Record Venue Date Notes 150 metres 16.99 secs[62] Manchester, England 16 May 2010 100 metre hurdles 12.81 secs[1] Bottrop, Germany 26 June 2009 High Jump 1.95 m[1] Desenzano del Garda, Italy 5 May 2007 British record, jointly held with Diana Davies and Susan Moncrieff.[61] Shot put 14.25 m[1] Gotzis, Austria 29 May 2010 200 metres 23.15 secs[1] Osaka, Japan 25 August 2007 Long jump 6.51 m[62] New York, United States 12 June 2010 Javelin 46.71 m[1] Barcelona, Spain 31 July 2010 800 metres 2:09.88[1] Desenzano del Garda, Italy 10 May 2009 Heptathlon 6,823 pts[1] Barcelona, Spain 31 July 2010 European Championship Record Indoor Personal Bests Event Record Venue Date Notes 60 metres 7.36 secs[1] Sheffield, England 16 January 2010 60 metre hurdles 7.95 secs[1] Glasgow, Scotland 30 January 2010 British record. High Jump 1.94 m[1] Glasgow, Scotland 30 January 2010 Joint 2nd highest ever by a British High jumper indoors.[63] Shot put 14.01 m[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 Long Jump 6.44 m[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 800 metres 2:12.55[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 Pentathlon 4,937 pts[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 World Indoor Championship Record, British Record, Commonwealth Record References and notes ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Biographies: Ennis, Jessica GBR" (Retrieved: 22 August 2009) ^ a b c "Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold", 16 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ a b c d e Davison, Jo; "Jessica Ennis: golden girl with the world at her feet", 17 October 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ a b Viner, Brian; "Jessica Ennis: 'Tadpole' heads towards Beijing in giant leaps and bounds", 8 February 2008 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Fordyce, Tom; "Steely Ennis has golden glow", 16 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Davies, Gareth A; "My School Sport: Heptathlete Jessica Ennis", 26 December 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ "Anyone for Ennis? The Sun, 12 November 2005".  ^ "'Tadpole' heads towards Beijing in giant leaps and bounds, The Independent, 8 February 2008". London. 8 February 2008.  ^ "Parents' pride over Ennis victory", 17 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Sheffield Green 'Un 11 November 2000 ^ Machell, Ben; "Reach for the sky", 25 August 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ "Heptathlete Jessica Ennis receives honorary degree", 14 January 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ Brown, David; O'Connor, Ashling; "Jessica Ennis looks forward to a golden future as the 'face of 2012'", 18 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Thornton, Lucy; Whittingham, Stewart; "How heptathlon golden girl Jessica Ennis caught athletics bug", 18 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Kessel, Anna; "Jessica Ennis out to strike gold in World Championships after year in doghouse", 14 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ MacHell, Ben (25 August 2007). "Reach for the Sky". London: The Times. 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London. 16 June 2008.  ^ "Personal best secures Ennis win", (Sport), 10 May 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Sampaolo, Diego; "Ennis improves to 6,587 pts in Desenzano del Garda — IAAF Combined Events Challenge", 10 May 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Turnbull, Simon; "Ennis shines brightest for Berlin", 13 July 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009) ^ Sheffield Star 17 August 2009 ^ Sheffield Star 17 August 2009 ^ Sheffield Star 17 August 2009 ^ "Sheffield fans welcome Jessica Ennis, 2 September 2009".  ^ Sheffield Star 28 November 2009 ^ "Jessica Ennis Sets British Record And Beats Lolo Jones In Glasgow", 30 January 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ "Jessica Ennis steals show in Glasgow with hurdles win and high jump best", 30 January 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ "Jessica Ennis 'honoured' to captain GB team in Glasgow", 29 January 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ "World Indoor Athletics 2010: Jessica Ennis wins gold medal in pentathlon", 13 march 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ "Jessica Ennis first British Women titles indoors and out", 13 March 2010 (Retrieved: 1 April 2010) ^ Sheffield Star 15 March 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 17 May 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 24 May 2010 ^ Jessica Ennis wins heptathlon but misses British record. BBC Sport (2010-05-30). Retrieved on 2010-06-02. ^ Sheffield Star 31 May 2010 ^ Mills, Stephen (2010-06-13). Ennis upstaged by Fountain in New York.Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-06-17. ^ Sheffield Star 14 June 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 16 July 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 12 July 2010 ^ "Jessica Ennis becomes European Champion" (2010-08-01) Retrieved on 2010-08-04. ^ The Daily Telegraph 24 July 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 28 July 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 2 August 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 3 August 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 17 August 2010 ^ Sheffield Star 13 August 2010 ^ Ennis voted European Athletes of the Month third time this year . European Athletics (2010-04-13). Retrieved on 2010-06-02. ^ "IAAF Athlete of the Year, 2010".  ^ " column by Pete Campbell, 18 August 2010".  ^ "Best female jumpers compared to their own height" (Retrieved: 22 August 2009) ^ a b "Ennis equals GB high jump record" (Sport), 5 May 2007 (Retrieved: 27 August 2009) ^ a b "Athlete profile Jessica Ennis" (Retrieved 4 February 2010) ^ "British All-time list women's indoor High Jump" (Retrieved 4 February 2010) External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Jessica Ennis Jessica Ennis (official website) City of Sheffield Athletic Club IAAF profile for Jessica Ennis Profile: Jessica Ennis Profile: Jessica Ennis v • d • e World Champions in Women's Heptathlon 1983: Ramona Neubert  · 1987: Jackie Joyner-Kersee  · 1991: Sabine Braun  · 1993: Jackie Joyner-Kersee  · 1995: Ghada Shouaa  · 1997: Sabine Braun  · 1999: Eunice Barber  · 2001: Yelena Prokhorova  · 2003: Carolina Klüft  · 2005: Carolina Klüft  · 2007: Carolina Klüft  · 2009: Jessica Ennis v • d • e European Champions in Women's Heptathlon 1982: Ramona Neubert (GDR)  • 1986: Anke Vater (GDR)  • 1990: Sabine Braun (FRG)  • 1994: Sabine Braun (GER)  • 1998: Denise Lewis (GBR)  • 2002: Carolina Klüft (SWE)  • 2006: Carolina Klüft (SWE)  • 2010: Jessica Ennis (GBR) v • d • e World Indoor Champions in Women's Pentathlon  1993: Liliana Năstase (ROM)  •  1995: Svetlana Moskalets (RUS)  •  1997: Sabine Braun (GER)  •  1999: DeDee Nathan (USA)  •  2001: Natallia Sazanovich (BLR)  •  2003: Carolina Klüft (SWE)  •  2004: Naide Gomes (POR)  •  2006: Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR)  •  2008: Tia Hellebaut (BEL)  •  2010: Jessica Ennis (GBR) v • d • e World Best Year Performance in Women's Heptathlon  1980: Zoya Spasovkhodskaya (URS)  •  1981 – 1983: Ramona Neubert (GDR)  •  1984: Sabine John (GDR)  •  1985 – 1988: Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)  •  1989: Larisa Nikitina (URS)  •  1990 – 1993: Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)  •  1994: Heike Drechsler (GER)  •  1995 – 1996: Ghada Shouaa (SYR)  •  1997: Sabine Braun (GER)  •  1998: Denise Lewis (GBR)  •  1999 – 2001: Eunice Barber (FRA)  •  2002 – 2004: Carolina Klüft (SWE)  •  2005: Eunice Barber (FRA)  •  2006 – 2007: Carolina Klüft (SWE)  •  2008: Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR)  •  2009: Jessica Ennis (GBR) Persondata Name Ennis, Jessica Alternative names Short description Date of birth 28 January 1986 Place of birth Sheffield, England Date of death Place of death