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Ennis aims to smash British record


REIGNING EUROPEAN and former world heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis reckons that she will have to obliterate Denise Lewis’ 11-year-old British record to win Olympic gold next year.

At the world championships in Daegu, South Korea in August, Ennis finished second behind Russia’s Tatyana Chernova who recorded a tally of 6,880 points.

Ennis’ personal best of 6,823 is eight points shy of the 2000 Sydney Olympic champion’s record mark.

Realising the arduousness of competing in London 2012, Ennis, 24, told The Times: “I'll have to break the British record, definitely. I think it could take 6,900 points to win and that's going to be really, really tough."

In Daegu, the Sheffield native’s disappointing performance in the javelin - where she threw 39.95m - paled in comparison to Chernova’s mark of 52.95m, which cost Ennis the gold.

However, Ennis insisted that the javelin was not a major issue, adding:

"It's not like I'm chasing. I'm there. I made a couple of mistakes but I'm where I need to be."

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