Athletics: Ennis's hope of British record washed out but victory proves sweet

Like Neil Finn and Crowded House, Jessica Ennis is on tour in Europe. Unfortunately for the Sheffield heptathlete, she has not brought the weather with her.

At Loughborough eight days ago, Ennis competed in scorching conditions. Yesterday, in this north-western corner of Austria, it rained cats and dogs, and Alpine cows with bells on.

Having achieved the best ever first-day heptathlon score in the 36-year history of the Hypo-Meeting - 4,119 points - the Briton's hopes of any kind of landmark score were effectively flushed down the drains of the Mösle Stadion before she set about completing her seven-event mission.

Ennis finished with a tally of 6,689 points, 142 shy of Denise Lewis's British record. Still, she finished emphatically on top of the pile in this de-facto world championship meeting, prevailing by 117 points. Having won official world titles both indoors and out since making a tearful exit with a broken foot midway through the 2008 Hypo-Meeting here, the 24-year-old endorsed her credentials as the planet's pre-eminent female multi-events athlete.

Among those Ennis vanquished over the course of the weekend here were the three women who picked up the Olympic medals in Beijing two years ago while she was at home nursing a triple stress-fracture of the right foot. Nataliya Dobrynska, the gold medal winner in China, finished down in seventh place. Hyleas Fountain, the silver medallist, failed to finish the seven events and Tatyana Chernova was the runner-up.

"I'm a little bit disappointed, just with today," Ennis said. "But I'm delighted to come here and win, and get rid of the demons from last time. I knew it was going to be difficult to break the British record, with the weather. I could have done better in the long jump and the javelin but all in all I'm quite happy."

Having started the second day with a lead of 277 points, Ennis' advantage was cut to 224 after a below-par long jump of 6.13m. Fountain, lying second overnight, withdrew from the competition, complaining of a back problem. Chernova then jumped 6.52m and proceeded to unleash a mighty 51.35m throw in the javelin. Ennis, though, took a 77-point cushion going into the final event, the 800m, and true to character, she declined to sit on her lead, tracking Chernova until the 600m mark before surging past to win the race in 2min 11.19sec.

Ennis will get a better chance of attacking the British record when she contests the European Championships in July. In the meantime, though, she has successfully followed in the footsteps of two great British Olympic champions by getting her name on the winners' board in Gotzis. "It's nice to be up there with Daley Thompson and Denise Lewis," Ennis reflected. "I'm thoroughly privileged."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Ukip leader Nigel Farage arrives at the Rochester by-election count
voicesIs it any wonder that Thornberry, Miliband, and Cameron have no idea about ordinary everyday life?
Sport
sportComment: Win or lose Hamilton represents the best of Britain
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Arsene Wenger reacts during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Swansea
footballMan United and Arsenal meet on Saturday with both clubs this time languishing outside the top four
News
i100BBC political editor Nick Robinson had a lot of explaining to do
Life and Style
Nappies could have advice on them to encourage mothers and fathers to talk to their babies more often
newsTalking to babies can improve their language and vocabulary skills
Sport
Tony Bellew holds two inflatable plastic sheep at the weigh-in for his rematch with Nathan Cleverly
boxingGrudge match takes place on Saturday night
Arts and Entertainment
Mark Ronson at PS1
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Female Support Workers / Carers - From £8.00 per hour

£8 - £12 per hour: Recruitment Genius: To assist a young family with the care ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Executive

£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Executive is required...

Argyll Scott International: Commercial Finance Manager

£55000 - £70000 per annum: Argyll Scott International: My client, a world lead...

Argyll Scott International: Commercial Finance Manager

Negotiable: Argyll Scott International: My client, a world leading services pr...

Day In a Page

US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines