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Ennis allays long jump fears after run-up issues

ESPN staff
June 10, 2012
Jessica Ennis has been working on her javelin © Getty Images

Jessica Ennis insists she is happy with her form despite making four no jumps at the Bedford International Games on Sunday.

Ennis won the long jump competition with a leap of 6.40 metres, despite making only two legal jumps. But rather than be concerned at her performance, Ennis believes it is a sign that she is in good form.

"I had a few no jumps but I am really happy with the way my jumping is going at the moment," Ennis told Sky Sports News. "I think it showed my jumping ability was there and it felt good just apart from the fouls. I think we need to adjust my run up a little bit."

Ennis also showed signs of progress in the javelin after throwing 46.34m in a competition won by Laura Whittingham.

The former world heptathlon champion, who could only manage 39.95m in last year's World Athletics Championships when she was forced to settle for silver behind Russia's Tatyana Chernova, has been focusing on her javelin, considered to be her weakest of the seven events.

Having thrown a personal best of 47.11m while breaking the British heptathlon record in Gotzis last month, Ennis showed the hard work in training is paying off.

"I had a good solid throw which is what I need in the heptathlon so it has been a good day," Ennis said. "I think every competition is so important to make sure I am in the best shape that I can be going into London.

"It is great to come here to Bedford, I will be at the Aviva Trials in Birmingham in a couple of weeks finishing off my preparation but I am generally happy with the way everything is going at the moment."

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