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Fantastic first day for Sheffield star


OLYMPIC GOLD medal hopeful Jessica Ennis ended the first day of the heptathlon on a high, recording a personal best of 22.83 seconds in the 200m.

In heat five of the half-lap sprint, Ennis chased down Dafne Schippers of Holland in the final straight to reacquire the lead in the overall standings.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Louise Hazel won heat two in a time of 24.48 seconds, beating the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist Natallia Dobrynska who was second with 24.69 seconds.

Austra Skujyte of Lithuania, who was leading the proceedings prior to the 200m, ran a slow time of 25.43 seconds in that race.

Team GB’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson set her second personal best of the day with 23.73 seconds in heat five.

Sheffield native Ennis, 26, finishes day one of the heptathlon with a points tally of 4,158 points.

The closest competitor to the former world and European champion is Skujyte on 3,974 points.

Only the long jump, javelin and 800m remain and those events will all take place tomorrow (August 4).

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