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Ennis smashes national record in the hurdles

BRILLIANT BEGINNING: Ennis

IN THE first event of the heptathlon Jessica Ennis smashed the British 100m hurdles record in a new personal best of 12.54 seconds on the opening day of the athletics at the Olympic Stadium.

The 26-year-old produced a faultless display in the fifth heat to take an early lead of 1195 points in the heptathlon.

Ennis, from Sheffield, shaded more than two tenths of a second off her fastest ever time and finished close to over second quicker than Russian rival Tatyana Chernova.

This year’s World Indoor champion Natallia Dobrynska won heat one in a time of 13.57 seconds.

Fellow Britons Louise Hazel and Katarina Johnson-Thompson crossed the finish line in identical times of 13.48 seconds in heats three and four respectively.

Teenager Johnson-Thompson, 19, equalled her personal best.

Three-time African champion and 2005 World Championship bronze medallist Margaret Simpson from Ghana did not start due to an acute kidney infection.

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