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I'm no longer favourite for gold in London - Ennis

ESPN staff
March 12, 2012
Jessica Ennis admits she needs to improve her long jump © PA Photos

Jessica Ennis admits she was surprised by Natallia Dobrynska's pentathlon victory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships, but believes the Ukrainian is now the favourite for gold at London 2012.

For the second successive major championship, Ennis was forced to settle for silver behind reigning Olympic champion Dobrynska, who became the first woman to surpass the 5000-point barrier, breaking Irina Belova's 20-year-old world record.

World champion Tatyana Chernova was expected to pose the biggest threat to Ennis' world indoor title in Istanbul, but the Russian finished fifth as Dobrynska marked a superb return to form.

While the Brit was left to rue a poor javelin display in Daegu as she surrendered her world title to Chernova, Ennis, who set a new personal best, admits it is difficult coming to terms with the fact that she was second best to Dobrynska in Turkey.

"The hard thing to deal with is that I did not get the gold I wanted and yet this was my best ever pentathlon," Ennis said in The Times. "I have to believe that I will get everything right this summer. Nobody said it was going to be easy.

"Dobrynska is the favourite for the Olympic gold now. Some people would even think she's a dead cert, but it is so easy to make little mistakes that have a huge impact. Tatyana Chernova crumbled here and I have seen Dobrynska crumble before.

"I thought the world record may well go this weekend, but I didn't expect Dobrynska to be the one to break it. It shows the depth of the event.

"It also shows that you cannot afford to have a weak discipline. I know my long jump was nowhere near where it needs to be and I can never afford to jump that distance again. I managed 6.19 metres and I need to be jumping a minimum of 6.40m."

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