By Ros Satar
- Finished fourth in her first heptathlon since winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics
- Qualifies for Rio 2016
- Returning after birth of her first child and injury
Gotzis, Austria – Jessica Ennis-Hill may have finished off the podium, but her performance has put her 320 points clear of the 6,200 qualification total she required to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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In a tough two days of competition Ennis-Hill finished just 11 points off the third place, leading the gruelling 800m final event from the start of the race and pipping overall winner Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN) to the line, with a time of 2:09:21. Dafne Schippers (NED) was on course to finish in second but had to withdraw from the 800m.
What was most promising is that after her absence from the sport, her time left her just 1.4 seconds off her personal best. Thiesen-Eaton however trimmed three of her personal bests, as well as collecting a national record and a world leading 6808 points haul at the end of the two days.
Ennis-Hill has also gathered enough points to qualify for the World Championships being held this summer in Beijing, and will decide if she is going to complete. She and her team will plan their summer plans in light of her Gotzis results.
Ennis-Hill was reported in BBC Sport as being “quite pleased” with how she was performing, as well as admitting how nervous she had felt ahead of the long jump.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Mo Farah ran the fastest 10,000m of the year at the Eugene Diamond League, although voiced his concerns about the pacemakers who had been perhaps a little reticent to push the time along, forcing the double Olympic champion to take the lead himself.
Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Farah said:
“I was trying to push the pacemakers along. It was hard, leading out myself. Paul [Tanui] and I worked well together, but it wasn’t enough. I will give it another shot to go for a faster time.”
He continued: “My training’s been going pretty well, so I knew that if it came down to the kick towards the end, I was going to win that race. But at the same time, I wanted to run fast.”
Farah win in 26 minutes 50.97 seconds, a time more than 4 seconds off his personal best.
Ennis-Hill and Farah, along with some of the biggest names in British athletics will be at the Sainbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on 7 June.