Ennis gets off to a flyer
August 03, 2012 16:52:35 UK
Gold medal hope Jessica Ennis got off to a flying start in the heptathlon in front of a packed 80,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
The Sheffield athlete, who is looking to win her first Olympic medal, broke the record for the fastest 100m hurdles time by a heptathlete, recording a stunning 12.54 seconds in the London sunshine.
The 26-year-old followed up her run with a 1.86 metre clearance in the high jump to leave her in gold medal position after two events.
Ennis heads into this evening's events, the shot put and 200m, top of the field with 2249 points.
It gives Team GB's poster girl a 25-points cushion over American Hyleas Fountain, while fellow Britain Katarina Johnson-Thompson sits third with 2146 points.
At just 19, Johnson-Thompson flew over the high jump clearing 1.89 metres – only one of three in the competition to do so – to see her sitting in an unlikely third position before tonight's events.
Ennis is at 1.025 to win gold for Team GB.
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