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Ennis entering 'crucial' period ahead of London 2012

ESPN staff
March 14, 2011
Jessica Ennis has admitted her training schedule is crucial to her ambition of staying ahead of the rest of the world © Getty Images

Jessica Ennis has admitted she is reaching a crucial stage of her preparations for next year's London Olympics, with the Brit hoping to "take some confidence" from a successful World Championships later in 2011.

The world champion heptathlete was forced to pull out of the European Indoor Championships in Paris due to a troublesome ankle injury and, with the clock ticking to the start of London 2012, Ennis is fully aware of the importance of her current training regime.

"It's really exciting," she told Sky Sports. "It feels really surreal, it's all coming to light. I can't believe it's 500 days [sic] until the Olympics starts. I'm getting nervous but really looking forward to it.

"They're [preparations] going well; unfortunately I had to miss the European Indoor Championships due to an ankle injury, so I'm just in the rehab process at the moment. Every event and every bit of time is crucial at the moment and as an athlete you have to find that fine line between pushing too much and getting injured or training too hard."

After missing out on the chance to shine in Paris, Ennis is already setting her sights on the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea - which begin on August 27.

"The next big one is the summer season and the World Championships in Daegu," she said. "It's going to be a really big challenge, obviously going in there as defending world champion, it's going to be really tough but I'm hoping to have a great summer which I can roll into next year and take some confidence from that."

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