Ennis in top form as she builds for the Olympics

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SHEFFIELD’S Jessica Ennis continued her preparations for this summer’s Olympics with victory in the long jump at the Bedford International Games.

The European heptathlon champion jumped 6.40m to take the triumph just ahead of Dominique Blaize (6.39m)

The 26-year-old, who broke the British heptathlon record in Gotzis recently, also competed in the javelin, where she threw 46.34m to finish eighth in an event won by Laura Whittingham (54.25).

Ennis was pleased with her day’s work, saying: “I think it’s been a great day. I was very happy to get a 6.40 in the long jump. I had a few no-jumps, but I’m very happy with the way my jumping is going at the moment and then in the javelin I had a good solid throw, which is what I need within the heptathlon, so it’s been a good day.”

Asked if the no-jumps were a concern, Ennis added: “Not really, it showed my jumping ability is there.”

Ennis will be competing in four events during the Olympic trials in Birmingham, taking part in the100m hurdles and high jump on Saturday and in the long jump and 200m the following day.