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Superwoman flying high at Olympic trials


JESSICA ENNIS continued her reign as the UK’s favourite female athlete with wins in the 100m hurdles and the high jump at the Aviva 2012 Olympic trials.

An impressive win over GB number one, Tiffany Porter saw her take her second trip to the podium after meeting a mark of 1.89m in the jump, at Birmingham’s Alexander stadium.

Ennis may not have taken the hurdles title had Porter not tripped over the penultimate hurdle.

Following the wins, Ennis, the former heptathlete world champion, said: “It didn’t go too bad to be honest; it’s nice to come here and not have the pressure a lot of athletes have – having already qualified for the Olympics. They are two of my favourite events and I just needed to sharpen up. The high jump needed a bit of work.”

Louise Hazel finished fourth in the hurdles final, but coach Aston Moore admitted she was concentrating on the heptathlon as opposed to the individual events.

Overall, it was a good day for the women as Eden Francis and Ashleigh Nelson took gold in the shot put and 100m respectively.

Francis said: “I’m really happy to have retained my title but I was disappointed with only 16.13m. That was very below-par for me but I’ve been suffering with a knee injury for the past four weeks.”

While Nelson could not contain her emotions as she burst into tears, before admitting that days like this made all the injuries worth it.

Christine Ohuruogu maintained her hold over the 400m, crossing the line a whole .98 seconds before nearest competitor Shana Cox. When asked if she could retain her Olympic gold, she eventually said: “Of course I can.”

There was a welcome surprise in the long jump, as 26-year-old J.J Jegede out jumped Chris Tomlinson to take silver with 7.90m.

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