Collins stays calm as Ennis adds to injury concerns

British athletics' Olympic prospects suffered two further blows at the weekend as Jessica Ennis pulled out halfway through the international heptathlon here because of an ankle injury and Nicola Sanders, the world 400m silver medallist, was reported to have given up the idea of competing in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, because of a knee injury.

Ennis and Sanders, two of the brightest performers currently operating on the domestic scene, have both acted in a cautionary fashion, although the former is likely to learn the extent of the damage today after flying home from Austria at 7am yesterday.

With Paula Radcliffe due to find out within the next three weeks whether her Olympic ambitions have been ended by a stress fracture of her femur, these are edgy times for the UK Athletics performance director, Dave Collins. But after a weekend of widespread activity by British athletes, he urged against undue pessimism and highlighted several promising performances, foremost of which was a 100 metres time of 10.06 seconds for Tyrone Edgar at Saturday's Geneva meeting – the joint sixth fastest by a British sprinter in history – which puts him first in the queue for the individual European Cup spot later this month.

Meanwhile, organisers of the meeting at Kalamata, in Greece, have confirmed that another possible contender for a British sprint place in Beijing, Dwain Chambers, will make his return to 100m racing on Wednesday.

It will be Chambers' first race over the distance for almost two years and he will be chasing the qualifying standard of 10.85sec required to earn a place in next month's Olympic trials.

Ennis had been due to compete in Götzis against her domestic rival Kelly Sotherton, but the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist withdrew from the meeting because she is still catching up after missing two weeks' training at the start of May because of a kidney infection.

The 22-year-old Sheffield athlete produced a hugely respectable performance on the first day, despite having to have treatment on her ankle during the high jump event, and finished just 36 points adrift of the leader, Anna Bogdanova, of Russia, with three successive shot putt personal bests, culminating in 13.52 metres, to her credit.

But the smile had disappeared from her face later as she lay on a treatment table with ice around her right foot. "It's not the ideal scenario so close to the Olympics," she observed ruefully. Her coach, Toni Minichiello, commented yesterday: "We don't really know anything until we see the result of the scan. The feeling is that it is nothing too bad."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Richard Norris in GQ
mediaGQ features photo shoot with man who underwent full face transplant
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Your picture is everything in the shallow world of online dating
i100
News
The Swiss Re tower or 'Gherkin' was at one time the UK’s most expensive office when German bank IVG and private equity firm Evans Randall bought it
news
Life and Style
Attractive women on the Internet: not a myth
techOkCupid boasts about Facebook-style experiments on users
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Project Manager (HR)- Bristol - Upto £400 p/day

£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...

Embedded Linux Engineer

£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...

Senior Hardware Design Engineer - Broadcast

£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...

Reconciliation Analyst

£200 - £250 per day: Orgtel: Reconciliation Analyst Gloucestershire

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on