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Great start for golden girl

ALL SMILES: Ennis

AFTER AN excellent display in the first discipline on day two of the heptathlon, Jessica Ennis tightened her stranglehold over the competition with a leap of 6.48m.

The 26-year-old fromm Sheffield improved with every jump, starting with a modest 5.95m, then 6.40m in round two and leapt to 6.48m, which is only three centimetres shy of her personal best, in the third and final round.

Only Tatyana Chernova, the 2011 world champion, leapt further with 6.54m.

Fellow Britons Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Louise Hazel record distances of 6.19m and 5.77m respectively.

While Ennis continues to lead the heptathlon with a points tally of 5,159, a new Olympic champion will definitely be crowed after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist Natallia Dobrynska could only manage a woeful 3.70m.

Austra Skujyte is second in the standings on 4,901 points with Chernova third.

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