Reaction to Jessica Ennis' gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics

 

Denise Lewis hailed a "truly remarkable" performance from Jessica Ennis
who launched a golden night for Great Britain in the Olympic Stadium by
clinching the heptathlon title.

Ennis won her 800 metres heat with an impressive sprint finish to set a new personal best of 6,955 points, improving her British record but more importantly securing the gold medal which many felt was her destiny.

"She's been outstanding," said Lewis, Olympic heptathlon champion for Great Britain 12 years ago in Sydney.

"She's been remarkable. People love her, they really do.

"I'm so proud to have witnessed this, it's truly remarkable."

Michael Johnson, among the greatest track Olympians, praised the way Ennis coped with the pressure as the unofficial face of the London Games.

Ennis delivered the title in impressive style, finishing 327 points ahead of Russia's Tatyana Chernova, making up for the disappointment of missing the 2008 Olympics with a foot injury.

"That's a phenomenal performance," former American sprinter Johnson told BBC1.

"Not making the Beijing Olympic team with the injury, and now being able to come to a home Olympics and in front of home crowd and prove she's the best and perform under the incredible pressure she's under.

"And even with bumps along the road a personal best.

"It was a fantastic performance by Jess and I'm really happy for her."

Britain's double swimming bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington wrote: "Amazing J-Ennis you're incredible! The face of the Games and achieved your dream. Incredible! #OurGreatestTeam"

Cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy added: "That's how to do it!! Finish the job in style! Just superb J-Ennis !!!!"

American Bryan Clay, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, offered his salute to Sheffield's finest, writing: "Congrats to Gold Medalist J-Ennis, phenomenal job!!!! #fb"

Oscar Pistorius, the South African 'blade runner' who reached the 400 metres semi-finals today, wrote on Twitter: "Well done to J-Ennis on her Olympic Gold in the Heptathlon! You handled that with such poise and carried the weight of your nation forward!"

PA

News
people
News
A survey carried out by Sainsbury's Finance found 20% of new university students have never washed their own clothes, while 14% cannot even boil an egg
science...and the results are not as pointless as that sounds
News
politicsIs David Cameron trying to prove he's down with the kids?
News
Cumberbatch was speaking on US television when he made the comment (Getty)
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
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.

Day In a Page

Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea