Ennis favourite for Olympics gold

02/08/2010

Heptathlon star Jessica Ennis has become the favourite to win the Olympics gold after her triumph at the European Championship in Barcelona.
Already a poster girl for British athletics, the 24-year-old's latest achievement has raised expectations from her at London 2012 and made her even more attractive to sponsors.
But Ennis remains humble and down-to-earth, still training at the Sheffield athletics club where she has been a member since the age of 11. She lives in the city with her boyfriend Andy Hill, a construction worker.
Mike Corden, the chairman of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club said her success in the multi-discipline event has been the result of 10 years of hard work and dedication.
He recalled that the 5ft 5ins Ennis was nicknamed "Tadpole" by Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis on account of her height which is shorter than usual for a heptathlete.
While she excelled in certain events such as hurdles and high jump, she had to work hard for years to improve her performance in power disciplines such as javelin and shot put.
Mr Corden added: "She is an exceptional talent. (But) the difference between athletes comes down to who has the wherewithal, determination, mindset to perform on the day."
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