Ennis-Hill storms to gold

Beijing: Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (right) completed a fairytale comeback by winning her second world heptathlon title yesterday following an astonishing meltdown by fellow Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill

Ennis-Hill, returning to the sport after giving birth last year and battling a series of niggling injuries, was all but gift-wrapped the gold medal in Beijing after Johnson-Thompson failed to post a mark in the long jump.

World champion in 2009, Ennis-Hill capped a memorable two days by storming home to win the final 800 metres heat in two minutes, 10.13 seconds and finish as the runaway winner with a season-best total of 6,669 points at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

“This is definitely one of the greatest moments in my career,” said an ecstatic Ennis-Hill yesterday.

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